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People in story: Clarence Sarbutt
Location of story: Hickling Colliery, Thurnscoe, Yorkshire
Background to story: Civilian Force
Article ID: A5656845
1944 - 1947. At the age of eighteen I was called up to work in the coalmines in Yorkshire.
I did my training at Askham Colliery for four weeks. I was then sent to Hickleton Main Colliery in Yorkshire.
My first experiences were taking empty wagons down to a loader end where they were filled with coal and sent away on a return rope to the pit bottom where they were then wound to the surface.
I finished my career in mining at the coal face driving a compressed air conveyor, bringing coal from the coal face to supply the main gate. I have done most jobs at the pit including assisting shot firing, cutting and drilling.
After I became demobbed I still remember the good times I had - it will live with me as long as I live.