Fallen firefighters honoured on anniversary of disaster

On March 28 1960, 19 firefighters were killed in the disaster.

Fallen firefighters honoured on anniversary of disaster SFRS

A service of remembrance has been held to mark the 61st anniversary of the Cheapside Street disaster.

On March 28 1960, 19 firefighters were killed in the disaster that represents the largest peacetime loss of life suffered by fire and rescue service in the UK.

It took place after a fire tore through a whisky bond warehouse, causing an explosion that saw the building’s 60-foot-high walls collapse.

A smaller event has replaced the annual service of remembrance for the second year running due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The service took place at the Firefighter Memorial Statue at Glasgow’s Necropolis.

SFRS Chief Officer Martin Blunden was joined by Roddie Keith, Area Commander for City of Glasgow and the Lord Provost Philip Braat, in a wreath-laying ceremony to honour those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Chief Officer Blunden said: “Today, we pause to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that these 19 men made to protect the lives of others in their community.

“It’s of the utmost importance that we continue to honour their bravery and pay our respects in whatever way we can during these challenging times.

“These fallen men are recognised and remembered today for their courage, dedication and self-sacrifice by myself, the Service and the people of Scotland.

“My thoughts are with their families, friends and loved ones.

“Fourteen Glasgow Fire Service and five Glasgow Salvage Corps members lost their lives as they protected the public from the inferno.”

The 14 Glasgow Fire Service members who died at Cheapside Street were Sub Officers James Calder and John McPherson and Firemen Christopher Boyle, William Crocket, Archibald Darroch, Alexander Grassie, George McIntyre, Daniel Davidson, Edward McMillan, Alfred Dickinson, William Watson, John Allan, Gordon Chapman, and Ian McMillan.

Also lost were 5 Glasgow Salvage Corps’ members Deputy Chief Salvage Officer Edward Murray, Leading Salvageman James McLellan, Salvagemen Gordon McMillan, William Oliver and James Mungall.

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