05 October 2010

Unexpected Departure

Hector McNeil with his wife and son in 1950 at the launch of the refrigeration ship, Adelaide Star, from John Brown's shipyard in Clydebank.

On this day in 1955, Hector McNeil, Great Britain's Minister of State from 1946 to 1950 and Secretary of State for Scotland from 1950 to 1951, was taken from the Queen Mary and rushed to a New York hospital after suffering a stroke aboard the ship. He died six days later at the age of 48. Mr. McNeil had recently won re-election as a member of parliament for Greenock.

The Age
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