Unsolved Murders

John Boslem

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Date: 4 Jun 1918

Place: Skaithmuir Road, Carronshore, Falkirk

John Boslem died when a railway waggon that he was on overturned on the Carron Company mineral line between Carron works and Carronhall Colliery.

It was found that someone had placed a piece of slag between some points on the line which resulted in them being neither open nor shut and which caused the waggon to overturn.

John Boslem was a railway guard on the line.

The incident occurred at Roughlands siding near the level crossing on Skaithmuir Road in Carronshore. He had been sitting on the leading waggon of a train of 19 waggons loaded with pig-iron which was being pushed by an engine from the rear from Carron Works to Carronhall Colliery.

When the train passed the switch points where the obstruction had been placed the first four waggons left the rails with the first waggon being completely overturned and the second waggon being thrown onto the embankment. It was thought that in trying to jump clear from the first waggon John Boslem had been caught by the second waggon. The waggon wheel had passed over his neck and had completely severed his head from his body.

John Boslem was a married man and had been released from the Army for work on munitions and had lived on Grange Street in Stenhousemuir.

*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Aberdeen Evening Express - Tuesday 04 June 1918

see Falkirk Herald - Saturday 11 May 1918

see Southern Reporter - Thursday 06 June 1918

see Daily Record - Tuesday 04 June 1918