July 1946

After dragging operations by Benjamin Parsonage of the Glasgow Humane Society, the body of David Humphries, aged 10, of Crown Street, Glasgow, was recovered from the Clyde at the Broomlielaw. The boy, with a younger brother and another lad, had climbed on the girders of the railway bridge near the Central Station to look for pigeons’ eggs. David overbalanced, struck his head on a girder, and fell into the water. A quarter of the children attending Glasgow schools (around 37,000) were now receiving mid-day meals, compared with the secretary of state’s target of three-quarters. Sir Hector Hetherington, speaking at a graduation ceremony at Glasgow University, said: 'Whatever its final shape, the new National Health Service at least means an increased popular awareness of the possibility of a higher standard of welfare of body and mind, and a resolve to attain it'. The Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed the appeal of Donald McLean Cameron, 25, a shipyard worker, who was convicted at the High Court in Perth of the murder of Mary Ann Brown Leslie or Heath by shooting her in a close off High Street, Kirkcaldy. His execution was fixed to take place on 22 July. (He was reprieved.) An 'impressive audience' of politicians and trade unionists attended a screening of 'The Forgotten Factor' at the Lyric Theatre in Glasgow, organised by Dr Frank Buchman, founder of Moral Rearmament; the film was described as 'an industrial drama for national teamwork'. It was estimated that 2,000 vehicles a day were likely to use the proposed Forth Road Bridge.

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