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We recall the poem on
The Buchanan Street Soldier Lads

R Gribben - mentioned in the poem- Robert Gribben - Betty Lynchs Grandfather -lived in Buchanan Street. He joined the Scottish Rifles on September 1914. However he was discharged a few months later as being unfit with varicose veins.
Not to be outdone - in early 1915 he joined The Territorial Force in Ayrshire and was soon serving with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in war zones in the Mediterranean and France.  His varicose veins were removed in a short stay in 37th General Hospital in Cairo in 1916.  He was demobbed in 1919 and spent some time at Erskine Hospital.  He died at age 65 in Coatbridge with his family.
(The Territorial Force was later renamed The Territorial Army)


(Second List)
(re:  Buchanan St Coatbridge !!)


1. While I pleased many soldiers’ wives I have offended others,

Because I did not mention their husbands or their brothers,

Who have gone from Buchanan Street to see this Great War through,

And to teach the brutal Germans what the Coatbridge lads can do.

Owen Brannigan, Bob Kennedy, Mick, Jimmy, and Dan Dillen,

Willie and Barney Murphy, Harry Phee, and Jimmy Hillen,

Two Foxes, and two Falcons and names I must not omit-

The brave lads from Buchanan Street will do their little bit.


2. Huge O’Hanlon, Pat O’Hanlon, Pat Morgan, and Mick Tracey,

John and Hugh M’Ineirney, John Kelly, and Ted Gracey,

Three more Dillon brothers, Willie, Jim, and Davie the dude,

They are all good fighting men when they are in a mood.

Pat Meechan, Pat M’Williams, and Dan Mulraney; you know Dan,

Jimmy Gormley, Willie M’Lure, and the iron-headed man;

When it comes to taking Berlin they’re the men who can take it-

The brave lads from Buchanan Street will do their little bit.


3. Will Fleming and his son Bill went to face the German Steel

With Pat and Joe Pinkerton, and Jimmy and Charles O’Neill,

John Duffin, Tom Ferguson, three Gribbons, P., J., and R.,

Have gone to help their comrades to carry on the war.

Pat Mullen, Willie Keegans, Jim Coffield and Paddy Clarke,

Would like to be out sniping with the Kaiser for a mark,

They are always first into a fight, they are always last to quit-

The brave lads from Buchanan Street will do their little bit.


4. Jim Crawford, good old Jimmy, went to teach the raw recruit

How he should load his rifle and the proper way to shoot;

Jock Morris, Will Costello, John Cummings. and Dan O’Malley,

Jim Gaffney and Pat Creilly to the colours did rally;

Eddie Raynolds, Andrew Clifford, James and David Bryne,

James Savage and John M’Donald went the Germans cranks to turn;

When Kitchener sees Coatbridge men he knows they are well fit-

All good and hardy soldiers who can do their bit.


5. Two of the Cassidy’s are left, Eddie and his brother John,

Let us hope they live to get revenge for Jimmy who is gone;

The two M’Donalds, and Hugh Burns, John Murphy and Pat Roche,

Hammie Dickson and James Hart would like the Germans to approach;

Bob Young the two M’Mullens and the brothers M’Ateer;

With men like these defending us what have we got to fear,

Every one as good a soldier as ever packed a kit,

At fighting they are terrors and each one will do his bit.


6. I will write of four of our brave lads the bravest of the brave,

They fought that our homes might be safe, their lives for us they gave-

Barney M’Farlane, Jimmy Cassidy, along with young John Hart,

Are lying now somewhere in France where each played a hero’s part;

When people talk about John Brown each one the story tells

Of how this hero fought and fell out in the Dardanelles;

Many heroes I could mention, but space will not permit,

Who left Buchanan Street, Coatbridge to do their little bit.      


  • Can you identify a friend or a relative.

  • Has anyone seen or have a copy of a First List?  

  • Can anyone identify the Poet - James Scullion?
    Please let us know mail1113@monklands.co.uk

The Slap Up in Coatbridge

Slide show at end of this page
Some of the photos have not been identified - can YOU help??

See also a slide show of the area today at http://www.monklands.co.uk/slapup/modern.htm

Because this is a script - You may have to "allow blocked content"

The old "slap up" houses were "Slapped up" by employers and  builders but the residents looked after them and kept them neat and shiny - if a little dilapidated!   They were built to house the mainly Irish immigrant workers at the various steelworks.

The slides show the area as it was in the 40s and as it is today.

A recent article in the Advertiser calls for action over the former Dundyvan Church building, which has lain empty for almost two decades, are being backed by local councillor Tom Maginnis.

Dundyvan Church, designed by architect Alexander Cullen and constructed in 1905, has been listed since 1977 and is described as a striking gothic design in red sandstone with a crown tower topped by a spire.  The church and manse, which have been empty since the mid-1990s, are in a poor condition due to fire and water damage and a collapsed roof.

Des Dillon -the author of "Six Black Candles" grew up in the Slap-Up.

Here are some comments taken from the bulletin Board:

Sugaroly: What you are looking at is the gushet of Dundyvan rd and Henderson Street and looking straight up Turner Street. If you look at the top you can just see Kate Devoy's shop on the corner of Douglas Street and Turner Street. Kirk Street made up the square and I lived at no 10, top flat looking on to Dundyvan church.

Sugaroly: spot on John, Dundyvan parish church Kirk Street looking from the Clyde valley electric company site I think.Scan 6 is Kate Devoys shop and Robertson's shop in Douglas Street. scan 4 looking up Henderson Street you can just make out Jeany vovos chip shop and Flannigan's grocers owned by Dr Flannigan's father I think

TJFulton:  Dr. Jack Flanigan's father was a butcher. My mother lived on Dundyvan Road. I was in Coatbridge in 1958 and the house she lived in was about to be torn down. It was exactly as she described it. Fireplace, dirt floor, no plumbing , one window.  Two adults and nine to thirteen children.

Sugaroly: HI John , You are right about the housing conditions. Where Street Augustine's old school was there was a street called Carrick Street known as the pokey row and that was definitely basic living. I vaguely remember a water well in a back yard between bank Street Dundyvan rd Buchanan Street and Hutton Street where this new complex now stands and it made me smile when all the back clapping was going on about the great discovery of there own water source ;)

Digger1:  Digger here, The entrance to the well that Sugaroly mentioned was on Bank St between Hutton St and Dundyvan Rd across from the City Bakeries on Bank St. There were people who lived above the shops and there was a big wide close for the entrance for the dust bin men and the coal lorries, in the back yard there was a stone wash house where the women went to do their laundry, they would get the water from the well to the fill the tub, In some other old tenements they had a cold water tap inside the washhouse, in order to get the hot water the women would have to light a fire underneath the wash tub which made of brick and stone (fireclay).

I think there might be a wash house in the Summerlee Museum, I will be going to home in March and will visit the Museum when I am in Coatbridge


Digger1 and Jonnel - met at Summerlee - discussed the great number of people who read the board comments!!


by Paul_S July 15th, 2012, 12:28 am

sugaroly wrote:Scan 11 is st Augustins school with the model boarding house behind it. Oxford st is on the right of the photo.
Where Henderson st takes a left bend , there is a shed type structure on steel legs, it was a butchers shop the name escapes me for the moment.

The Shed structure that you mentioned Sugaroly was my aunt Cissy's Butcher Shop. Her name was Annie Ward and she was a spinster all her life The butcher shop had a sign "A.Ward Butcher" on the front. She used to live across the road from St Augustine's chapel on Buchanan Street.

Just further down Henderson Street, across Kirk Street from the old kirk there was corner shop that my father used to run, up until it was pulled down in the early to mid sixties. He was Alko Stevens. Does any body have any pictures of that old shop? My dad also had a shopping van that he used to drive around Kirkwood, Kirkshaws and the newly developed areas of Coatbridge like Sykeside and Greenend that didn't have any wee grocers shops.

by digger1 August 7th, 2012, 10:29 pm

The butchers shop on Henderson Street do not know the owner but the bucher in the shop name was Frank killday, when the shop closed down Frank Killday opened up his own Butcher's shop on Leven Road Townhead that would be in the early 50's
Art Mcgivern or Digger one.

by ohaganf January 27th, 2013, 1:22 pm

I left 'the slap up' Turner Street in 1955 and moved to a brand new house in Shawhead but we made a weekly shopping visit back to Kate Devoy's shop for messages, I think my mother had a tick book. My father worked in Barnes and Bells over the railway bridge and I remember my mother having to dissolve the snails, using Saxa salt, that came up the drains and into the sink in the mornings.

These were extracts from the Topic of the Slap Up from the forum.

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