FIRE AT HAMILTON, WAR HORSES BURNED TO DEATH.
Late on Friday night of the 23rd of August 1889 the gardener at Wellhall House, the residence of Colonel Stevenson, C.B., commanding the 26th and 71st regimental districts observed fire rising from storm window on the roof of the stables.
After calling the coachman he forced open the stable door, and the occupants, two valuable horses and pony, were found to have been suffocated. Word was sent to the barracks, and at the bugle call the garrison turned out in masses. The Hamilton fire brigade and under Mr Watson, arrived about the same time, and though under the disadvantage small water pressure, along with the military, they were successful in preventing the burning from spreading to the mansion-house and the adjoining offices.
About eleven o’clock the roof of the stables fell in, and before midnight the fire was virtually got under control. The extent of the damage cannot yet be estimated. One of the horses was Tel-el-Kebir, which carried Colonel Stevenson through the attack .on the Arabs’ stronghold, and was much prized.
The premises destroyed consisted of coachman’s house, four-stalled stables, baronets-room, and loose box with hay loft above the stable. A large crowd was attracted, which Captain Millar, Hamilton Burgh Police, kept in capital order.
Terry Bouette sent us a picture of the a golf outing for the workers of Phillip’s factory. Terry wrote:
“This is a photo of a Phillips Factory Golf Outing at Moffit golf course. Unable to give date but probable between 1954 -1960. I am in third row third from right immediately in front of me in white jacket is I believe Robert Gilmour. Eric Forlow is 4 rows from front and four from left. In second row three from left is Jim Russell that may be Eric Caldow third row on right? I am not sure if that is Harry Price on front row these golf outings were a yearly outing always at Moffit it would be interesting if anyone can identify others.”
Can you help with the rest of the names in the picture? Let us know and tell us about your memories of Phillips.