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Pauline Woodford - Is there a list of Bevin boys who were called up?
S. Ende
- I want to know more about my grand father, Charlie Dodds
James Lyons - Relatives died in Sneyd Pit Disaster - 1 January 1942

Donald Hadfield - Mr Frank Dale,from Wakefield Mines Rescue Station was killed on August 31st 1935
'Dale Rose Bowl'

Kath Ward Does Anyone Know Anything More About John Ward, and James Jim Hardy?
Micheal Gummy I am trying to find out how my great grand father died . . .
Mrs M A Lane I Am Trying To Trace Records Of My Grandad, Joseph Hanson Mattley
Malcolm Johnson When did Hucknall and Babbington combined?
Naomi Griffin Did you know Dr. A. R. Griffin, curator of the mining museum at Lound Hall?

Stewart O'Brien My grand-mother, Mrs Anne Elizabeth STEWART was a nurse at the Creswell Colliery in 1950.
Steveswims Death at Coppice Lowmain district number 10 on July 2nd 1951. . .
Sue Randall. Any information about Alfred Arthur Hickman, Rotherham Rescue Station circa 1920 to circa 1930.

Teresa Reighard My father, Eric Swain, was a miner in Nottingham


Is there a list of Bevin boys who were called up?
Pauline Woodford
Sun 16/11/2003

Hello please can u help me. I am trying to find out about when my father was a Bevin boy. The only information I have is that he was 18, was a Bevin boy in a mine in Mansfield Notts.
i don't know how I would be able to find out the name of the mine. He stayed with a family called the Gents. He all so said that there was a social club or some thing like that were he once went back to a few years ago someone did know him even after all that time. Sadly he passed a way 11 years ago now. I have been trying ever since; he did have a nick name 'killer' on his hat. he played football. He was football mad. He had an accident and was in hospital for 9 moths. his name was Archibald Woodford D.o.B 18.11.26. He may have been known as Arthur or Archie as he never liked his real name. Please if u could help in any way I would really be very great full. I am getting very desperate. he also said that loads of photos were all ways been taken. It would be great if I could just get even a photo of him for my mother as she is in very poor heath now. I did wonder if there is a list of Bevin boys who were called up, maybe then I could find out the name of his mine. the only other thing I know is that the name East Kirkby was another part my mother remembers the full address what my mother thinks is east Kirkby, Mansfield, Durham Notts but we are not sure if she has this right. Any help would be a great help after all this time.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, sorry if its a bit messed up I just tried to get it all down, new to all this on a computer, my husband brought this to try and help me.
Thanks.
Pauline Woodford. (Daughter)

Hi Fionn,This is a nice one, is Pauline on the web ? If she is suggest she logs on to 'PITS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS' there is a list which may give her a clue. Her Dad probably did his training at Creswell Training Centre where I did mine, there is no list to my knowledge, I was in a hostel at Worksop & then Forest Town Mansfield,but I went to Derbyshire.She could try The Bevin Boys Association.
PUBLICITY & ARCHIVES
W.H. TAYLOR. MBE
49a HOGSHILL STREET
BEAMINSTER
DORSET
DT8 3AG

There is an East Kirkby in Ashfield Notts, if she enters that in the PC there is a fair bit of info about pits.Can't see how the Durham bit is relevent. Give Pauline my best wishes & if she thinks I can help let me know .Stan Durban


I want to know more about my grand father, Charlie Dodds
S. Ende
Wed 12/11/2003

I am the grand-daughter of Charlie Dodds. (see A Story Almost Untold)
I am researching for more information about my family and was flabbergasted and well pleased to actually find an account of the accident.
I intend, if I can collate enough information to write a history as my father, also known as Charlie Dodds, died in January of this year and I would like to dedicate it to him, and, I would be most grateful if anyone could give me anymore information.
Thanks :) S. Ende


Relatives died in Sneyd Pit Disaster - 1 January 1942
James Lyons
Sat 08/11/2003

Dear Sir
I believe that relatives of mine died in this disaster ie Thomas Lyons, Sean Lyons
Do you have any information or can you direct me as to where to find out more
Thank you
James Lyons - Chairman
ICD HEART SUPPORT GROUP
of North Staffordshire

T. Lyons, Haulage man, age 32, of 18 Birch St Hanley Stoke-on-Trent was killed in the explosion of 1942, But I could not find Sean.
John Lumsdon


Does Anyone Know Anything More About John Ward, and James Jim Hardy?
Kath Ward
Wed 08/10/2003

Looking through the search engine queries I noticed my dads name, John Ward, and my step-dads name, James Jim Hardy. Not sure if its the same people, but both worked down the pits.



Alfred Arthur Hickman, Rotherham Rescue Station circa 1920 to circa 1930.
Sue Randall
Fri 24/01/2003

I am researching my family history and further to retiring as a Naval Gunnery & Diving training officer my Great Grandfather Alfred Arthur Hickman was employed as superintendent at Rotherham Rescue Station, St Annes Road, Rotherham. I know that he originally lived in the garden flat at Carr House which was then owned by his employers and then moved to St. Annes road to live next to the Rescue Station and that his service was from circa 1920 to circa 1930 when he retired.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could tell me anything about the rescue station or point me in the direction of any records or web sites that could be of useful in researching that part of his life.

Click here For more information about Alfred Arthur Hickman

Also if anyone has any pictures you could send me I would very much appreciate it.
Fionn

Hi Fionn,

Sun 27/04/2003
I have just spotted the brilliant job you have done for Alfred Arthur Hickman on your web site.
Thank you very much, I am really greatful to you
Sue Randall


Did you know Dr. A. R. Griffin, curator of the mining museum at Lound Hall?
Naomi Griffin
Mon 10 Feb 2003

Hello there,
I am trying to find people who used to know my father, Dr. A. R. Griffin, he used to be curator of the mining museum at Lound Hall, until it moved/was closed down.

As you may or may not know, my father passed away in 1996 and even though he was a great part of my life, I find myself not knowing as much as I would like to have known about him.

Thanks for your time,



When did Hucknall and Babbington combined?
Malcolm Johnson
Mon 10 Feb 2003

I'm am wondering if you could help me with a query I have. I would be interested to know when Babbington and Hucknall collierys were combined. From your website I have been able to find out when they closed Babbington, but not Hucknall/Babbington combined. The dates on your site do not tally as one site closed before the other.
If you do not know the answer to my question could you please let me know so that I can start to look elsewhere.
Many thanks
Malcolm Johnson

. . . Hucknall was one of the collieries which helped keep lights burning during the year long dispute of 1984/5 when many British mines were paralysed by strike action.

Despite intense picketing the majority of Hucknall miners, like those in all other Nottinghamshire pits, adhered to their ballot box decision to refuse to strike without a national ballot mandate.

At this time work was pressing ahead to link Hucknall to the neighbouring Babington Colliery (1842 1986) so that that pits remaining Blackshale reserves could be raised to the surface at Hucknall.

Unfortunately, in July 1986 a massive sandstone intrusion appeared on K33's coalface in the Blackshale seam. This eventually stopped the face and finally prompted a management decision, accepted by the mineworkers in ballots organised by their trade unions, to cease production on the grounds that there was no prospect of economically recovering the remaining Blackshale reserves.

This seems to imply that Babington and Hucknall were merged around 1984/5, just before the mines closed. This comes from a book published to commemoration Hucknall, just after it closed, unfortunately I do not know the name of the book.

Fionn


My father, Eric Swain, was a miner in Nottingham
Teresa Reighard
Tue 11/02/2003

I am trying to trace a my father who was a miner in Nottingham but not sure of which mine, is there any way of trying to find out which pit he was in in nottingham. his name was Eric Swain. Many thanks.
Teresa Reighard


Mrs M A Lane
I Am Trying To Trace Records Of My Grandad, Joseph Hanson Mattley
Thu 18 September 2003

I am trying to trace records of my Grandad, Joseph Hanson Mattley, all I know is that he worked at Bestwood Colliery up until his death in 1962.
Hope you can help.
Mrs M A Lane


From: Graham Christian

Sent: 26 March 2007

Subject: Mrs M.A.Lane, Joseph Hanson Mattley

Dear Sir

I have only just found your web site and the entry from Mrs Lane in 2003 re the above. By now she may have the information she wants, but if not I may be able to help her.

On 8April 1833 John Mattley (born 1811) married Sarah Hanson (born 1812) at Ibstock in Leics. From that time the name Hanson appears from time to time as middle name i.e. Ann Hanson Mattley born 1874.

By 1881 the Mattleys had moved from Leicestershire to Annesley to work in the pit there.

If Mrs Lane still wants information on the Mattley family (sometimes spelt Matley) I may be able to help her.

Graham Christian


Mr Frank Dale,from Wakefield Mines Rescue Station was killed on August 31st 1935
'Dale Rose Bowl'
Donald Hadfield,
Tue 05/11/2002

Mr Frank Dale,from Wakefield Mines Rescue Station was killed rescuing men from South Kirkby Colliery on August 31st 1935.
It was his day off, but he went in to help. He was killed in an explosion underground. In commemoration, a large silver chalice was made, with his name ascribed upon it. It was used as the second prize in Mines Rescue competitions, called the 'Dale Rose Bowl'.
It was on display at the Rescue Station at Doncaster. When the Doncaster Station was about to be closed, all the historical artifacts were to be moved to a display at the Rescue Station at Selby, but in the move a lot of things went missing, including the Dale Rose Bowl, in very mysterious circumstances.
This chalice which is a part of my family history is very sadly still missing.
I am trying to find it to hand it to the Rescue Station at Selby, where it can be on display once more.
No matter which lead I follow, I end up in a cul-de-sac.
All I have is press cuttings of the day, photographs of vehicles of men and equipment circa 1935, and a picture of the Dale Rose Bowl that neither I nor any of the surviving family has ever seen.
Can you help?


Mrs Anne Elizabeth Stewart was a nurse at the Creswell Colliery
Stewart O'Brien
1/07/2002

I'm hoping that someone can help me.
I'm looking for information on my grand-mother, Mrs Anne Elizabeth STEWART.
She was a nurse at
Creswell Colliery. In fact I think she used to be in charge of the medical centre at the pit, and was also a midwife in the area.
I'm not sure of the dates that she was there, but I know she was working at the mine in September 1950, as she used to mention the fire occasionally.
If anyone remembers her, or could tell me something about her, then I would be extremely grateful.
Thanks
Stewart O'BRIEN
stewartob@optusnet.com.au


Walter
Micheal Gummy
08/06/2002

I am trying to find out how my great grand father died. His name was Walter maybe he
was at Brinsley pit Nottingham.


Death at Coppice Lowmain
steveswims
09/05/2002

Hi
wonder if you got any info on a mining death at coppice lowmain district number 10 on July 2nd 1951 death of my grandfather aurther Hallam


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