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DATE OF EM ACTION: 21/04/1911 Loanend Colliery, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Little is known about the life of Thomas MacFarlane, a miner, at the Loanend Colliery, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, awarded the Edward Medal for his attempt to save the life of the Under Manager on 21st April 1911.
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 an accumulation of firedamp, and was overcome suddenly by firedamp. Macfarlane at once went to his assistance, but was 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 Macfarlane, 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.