William Ginbey EM

b. 22/04/1864  Hawick, Scotland.  d. 2nd Quarter 1940 Doncaster, Yorkshire.

DATE OF EM ACTION: 11/05/1910 Wellington Colliery, Whitehaven, Cumberland.

William was born in Hawick, in the Scottish borders, on 22nd April 1864, the eldest of six children of John and Mary Ann Ginbey (nee Urquhart), though soon after his birth, the family moved south of the border to Whitehaven, Cumberland. He followed his father into coal mining, and in 1888 he married Mary Jane McLaughlin, and they went on to have five children (three sons, two daughters). Little is known about his life following the award of the Edward Medal. In later life it is believed he moved to Yorkshire, where he died in Doncaster in the 2nd Quarter of 1940.



In addition to the names which appeared in the London Gazette of the 22nd of July, 1910, His Majesty has been graciously pleased to award the Edward Medal of the Second Class to the workmen whose names appear below on account of their conspicuous bravery in connection with the attempt made to resctie their fellow workmen at the Wellington Pit, Whitehaven, on the 11th of May, 1910:— Fletcher Young.Edward McKenzie, Senior. Edward McKenzie, Junior. George Henry. James Scawcroft. John McAllister. William Ginbey. Thomas Birkett. Thomas Donald. Joseph Cowan. Hugh McKenzie. Allinson Mathers. John Hampson. Thomas Ferryman.