Danny McBride sent us this picture which was possibly taken in the 70’s or 80’s. In the picture we have the Hamilton & district primary school football squad.
The team brought home the consolidation cup after beating Glasgow west Boys club 1-0 in the final. The all important winning goal came from Scott Dunsmuir of David Livingston Primary.
The winning team members were: Michael Campbell, Craig Logan, Henry Brown, John McGrain, Grant Callander, Jason Hughes, Ross Kerr, Stephen McCormack, Daniel McBride, Johnathan Hassan, Martin Donnelly, Scott Dunsmuir, Brian Johnstone, James Campbell, Stuart Allan & Robert Wildman.
Were you one of the boys in the picture? Tell us about that winning day.
New years eve, (awe naw)
By Hugh Hainey.
A mind the night a missed bein wae ma family in ma wee hoose it “Hogmany”
A went tae the toon tae meet up wie ma pals, bit a wis oot awe night and day,,
A went tae the “Dolphin bar” wae the Gallaghers, the Watsons, n’ the Mc Lears,
A never laughed so much in awe ma life, the patter wis like music tae ma ears,,
Hughie n’ Jolly Gallagher, playin the bones n’ singin, the drink gawn tae ma head,,
Winker, Eddie, Joe, Matt, n’ me, so pished, thit Winkers maw put is awe intae bed,,
We wur awe aboot fifteen ur sixteen it the time n’ next day we awe absolutely stunk,,
,Winkers wee brither James pished the bed, n’ guess who wis in the bottom bunk,,,
Hame the next day tae the face the music, n ‘ma wee maw wis gawn aff hur heed,,,
Ye know whit maws ur like, ” awe son where ye been? we awe thought ye wur deed,,
A remember that time is clear is day,, bit a also remember whit ma Maw hid tae say,,,
Nae matter where ye ur, ur, where ye stay, always git hame fur the bells, it “Hogmany”
Ye know a love tae spin these we tales fur ye ‘s awe n’ try ma best tae make thim true,,,
Bit ye see me a never done anythin like this afore n’ ma wee memories ur doon tae you,,
A try tae tell aboot ma time up in “Hamilton” wae humour, bit sometimes a just cannit,,,
Bit wan thing a dae know, “Hamiltonians” ur somae the best people oan this ” Planet”
(Awrra Best whin it comes,,,)
By Kit Duddy.
Aye it’s chinged ye ken
fae in ma day, never be
the same. Streets huv
gone withoot a song an
naebuddies tae blame.
The hert o’ auld Hamilton
has chinget ower the years,
a remember ma ain wee
granny saen the same an
Yit still they hivnae kilt it,an
staunin up will be, a chinget
face o’Hamilton in the year
So here’s tae yir future an the
kids the world you’ll gie, yir
blessed an safe and hearty
an fur aw that chinge,
ye still ur Free!
Happy New Year
when it comes.
James Thomson (Private) – Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 9th Battalion.
James was officially reported to have died of wounds on the 25th of September 1915 during the battle of Loos. It appears that a shell struck a dug out killing two men on the spot and wounding James, who succumbed two hours later.
He was born and lived in Hamilton and prior to enlisting he was a coal miner for ten years at Greenfield Colliery. He left a widow at 7 Ann Street, Burnbank. He is interred in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France Special memorial in front of roe J, Grave 1.
Bill Hunter sent us this picture of his great uncle, Bill wrote:
“My Great Uncle Corp. James Thomson, Udston Square.10th Service Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, Killed missing in action at Loos 1915. Was only 3 months in Theater. Seen with his wife Mary Rodgers and his 2 children.”
Bill went on to tell us:
“Mary moved to the USA in 1921 with her two children to stay with her brother. She did re-marry and I am in communication with her descendants.
James medals went missing during the passage of time but were found 75 years later when an older member of the family passed away and the medals were found in an old rusty tin.
The German War Graves Commission assisted me by searching their records to ascertain if they buried the war dead of this battle when they re-took the line. But the records showed that they had not buried any British soldiers. Documents later showed that the 10th Battalion had in fact carried out the burials.”