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DATE OF EM ACTION: 10/12/1917 Giffnock Colliery, East Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Little is known about the life of collier John Thomson (incorrectly named as John Morris on the citation) other than his actions at Giffnock Colliery in East Renfrewshire, Scotland on 10th December 1917.
On the 10th December 1917, while engaged on repair work at the Giffnock Collieries, a fire-man entered a place which was known to be dangerous owing to firedamp, and was overcome. Three men attempted, without taking any precautions, to rescue him, and were themselves rendered unconscious. Morris and Cummings then crawled on hands and knees into the dangerous space, and succeeded in rescuing three of the unconscious men in three separate journeys. They then entered a fourth time, followed by two others ; but on reaching the body of the fourth victim they found that the two who had followed them were themselves partly overcome, and had to be removed. They then entered a fifth time, and recovered the body of the remaining man, who, however, was dead.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.