Tales of the Riverman 43


A young Bennie Parsonage was officially recorded as assisting George Geddes during 1917. From 1918 he became engrossed in the work of the Glasgow Humane Society, years of hard graft and of learning the wiles of Glasgow’s waterways

Sometime during 1918 two or three pals out in different boats were larking about. One produced a revolver that had been given to him by someone returned from the War. He pointed it at one of the boys, the gun went off, and the boy was killed. The boat was called the Mary. Bennie had the job of washing the blood from the boat.

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