Woman Killed at the Keepers House at the Mausoleum.

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The Mausoleum Caretakers House where the accident occurred.

HAMILTON WOMAN KILLED

A sad tale occurred on Saturday the 16th of September 1911. Mrs Thomas Kerr, wife of the keeper of the Mausoleum at Hamilton Palace, died at one o’clock Saturday morning from injuries sustained by explosion of gas in her house late the previous night.

Her husband had gone out to post letter, leaving in the house his wife and two children, aged respectively two years and six months. After making some calls, he returned home between ten and eleven, and entering the   house a painful scone confronted him. His wife was lying the stair leading from the kitchen the coal cellar. Her clothes were practically burned off, and her body was scorched in a terrible manner.

He lifted her into the kitchen, and ran for assistance, Mrs Kerr was still conscious, and was able say that when she was going down to the cellar fetch coals something went up in a blaze at the gas jet on the stair. The elder of her two children, a bright little girl, was with her, but Mrs Kerr had the presence of mind to push the child down the stair when the explosion occurred. In this way the girl escaped the flames which enveloped her mother.

The younger child was asleep in a perambulator in the kitchen, and was uninjured. Mr and Mrs Kerr are a young couple, who only entered upon duty at Hamilton Palace three weeks ago, having previously lived at Caledonia Road, Glasgow.

 

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3 thoughts on “Woman Killed at the Keepers House at the Mausoleum.”

  1. Hello Garry, My great aunt married thomas kerr after his wife died in the fire, her name was Frances Helen and she worked at the mauseleum and also sang in it. Thomas was the caretaker. They lived in the cottage in the grounds. I am trying to find out about their lives and children and also where Frances went to live after leaving the cottage in the 60,s. Can you help me in any way?

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