This memorial to the “men and boys” who lost their lives building the Forth Rail Bridge, South Queensferry, Scotland was unveiled on 4th July 2007 by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.
The First Minister performed the unveiling along with the consul general of Japan Shuhei Takahashi in light of the Japanese engineers who worked on the bridge’s construction.
He was joined at the event by Hamish Gilchrist, who created the memorial and also paid tribute to those who died in the construction of the bridge. Work began on the one-and-a-half mile bridge between South Queensferry and Fife in 1883 and at its peak 4,600 worked on it.
Initially, it was recorded that 57 lives were lost during the seven years of construction; however, after extensive research by local historians, the figure has been revised upwards to 98. Eight men were saved by boats positioned in the river under the working areas. Hundreds more were left crippled by serious accidents, and one log book of accidents and sickness had 26,000 entries.
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