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Fair Lady Pit Explosion, Leycette, 1871 - Page 2

John Lumsdon            Explosions of Firedamp

The following is a list of those killed.

John Johnson Halmerend married no children
Samuel Mason Halmerend age 23 married one child
George Longmore Newcastle married no family
George Bower Halmerend married 3 children

The following is a list of those injured.

George Allman Madeley Heath single seriously burnt

Andrew Wilkinson

Leycett single seriously burnt

Eli Simcox

Silverdale   seriously burnt
James Guest Leycett single seriously burnt

John Cooks

Leycett married, 2 children seriously burnt

John Heywood

  married, has a family seriously burnt

Thomas Roberts

Leycett married 5 children seriously burnt
Samuel Whalley Audley married 4 children seriously injured

John Smith

Audley married slightly hurt
Thomas Trickett Onneley single suffered from choke damp
Andrew Jones
and his son George
Leycett   slightly injured
George Smith   married, 2 children slightly injured

William Scott

  married, 4 children burnt about face
Ben Hulse Halmerend married 2 children slightly contused
  • Mason was very little burnt but was suffocated by the chokedamp.
  • Longmore had made a great effort to escape, and ran about 100 yards from where the explosion happened. He was evidently overtaken and suffocated by the chokedamp and was found with his face in some water.
  • Johnson was very much bruised. He was found dead in a dip, down which he had fallen in his effort to escape. Johnson and another person named Smith were working at the dip at the time.
  • Bowers was also found in a dip, on the north side of the workings, with his skull broken. He must have fallen a distance of 50 yards.
  • Andrew Jones and his son George a boy also had a very narrow escape. They fell down the same dip as Johnson and were injured by the fall, but were not otherwise affected.
  • Thomas Roberts was taken up insensible from the effects of the chokedamp. Late yesterday afternoon he remained in very critical state and it is scarcely possible that he can recover.
  • Samuel Whalley was a great sufferer from the chokedamp, he was taken up insensible and remained in that state for a considerable time, but yesterday he was a bit better.
  • John Heywood, who was badly burnt, was in a very dangerous state yesterday afternoon and it is feared his name will have to be added to the list of the dead. He was burnt in an explosion at another colliery some years ago. Both Heywood and Roberts received severe injuries besides being burnt.
  • John Smith, William Scott and Benjamin Hulse were not seriously hurt as shown by the fact that Smith walked about on Thursday afternoon and the latter two were on the bank yesterday.

As soon as the explosion occurred, Mr. Cross, the general manager of the colliery, Mr. Thompson, underground bailiff, and others assisted in raising the men and boys from the pit and rescuing those who were injured. The latter had every attention paid to them.

Mr. R. Goodall, surgeon quickly responded to the summons to attend the sufferers as they were brought up. As soon as they could be removed, they were taken or went to their homes. The Rev. J.W. Daltry of Madeley who did his best to administer spiritual consolation to them also visited the injured men.

As usual on such occasions there are strange tales of wonderful escapes. It is said two or three of the workmen were kept from their work on Thursday through a premonition that something unusual was going to happen in the pit. It is also said that some of the men who formally worked at the colliery have left and gone to neighbouring collieries on account of the dangerous character of the Independent pit. We mention this for the purpose of saying that we are assured, on the best authority, that there has been nothing seen in connection with the workings of the pit to indicate that there was any danger in working there.

Yesterday Mr. T. Wynne, government inspector of mines, accompanied by Mr. R.H. Wynne, mining engineer and Mr Cross the manager of the colliery, spent two hours examining the workings and could not find any gas.

Pit Terminology - Glossary

John Lumsdon

Leycett Colliery Explosion 1880

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Those Who Died