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b. 28/07/1850 Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire. d.

 

DATE OF EM ACTION: 21/04/1911 Loanend Colliery, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.

 

Walter Cullen was born on 28th July 1850 in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, the second of ten children born to Walter and Agnes Cullen (nee Twaddle). From a young age, Walter followed in his namesake father's footsteps and became a coal miner. On 4th April 1873 Walter married Mary Hammond in Hamilton, Lanarkshire. They went on to have eleven children, the last born in 1894 in Burnbank, Lanarkshire. Little is known about what happened to Walter Cullen (who was 60 at the time) after the rescue at Loanend Colliery in Cambuslang on 21st April 1911.

 

EM CITATION:

 

On the 21st of April, 1911, Mr. Robert Edgar, the under manager of the Loanend Colliery, Cambuslang, went up a highly inclined road to tear down a screen so as to disperse all accumulation of firedamp, and was overcome suddenly by firedamp. Macfarlane at once went to his assistance, but Avas in turn overcome and rolled down the road. Cullen, who is 60 years of age, then made two attempts to rescue the under manager, and on both occasions was helped back by Macf arlane, who had recovered, though still suffering from the effects of firedamp. The under manager's body was not recovered until three and a half hours afterwards.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.

LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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