Please would you put this question to your website visitors?
Does anyone have any photos of Firbeck Colliery in the 1920s and also the Victoria Hospital, Worksop?
On 17th July 1928, John Thomas Edson, aged 24 was killed by a roof fall at Firbeck and died 10 days later on 24th July.
I am in the process of writing a biography of his son, JT Edson, the western/adventure author - in his 1970s publishing peak JT Edson sold 11 million copies in 17 countries, by 2000 that had risen to 57 million copies as he sold very well in the USA. JT was only 5 months old when his father died - I have tried numerous avenues to get a photograph of John Thomas Edson (1904-1928) but have so far failed.
John (his dad) was the grandson of John Edson (1847-1928) who opened the first fish n chip shop in Hodthorpe, which was later run by his son and daughter in law Albert and Harriet. Another son of John (1847) was George Edson who became an overman at Hodthorpe and who ran the town's Beer Off for years. Unfortunately I have been unable to source any photos of those people.
Anyone who can help will get a thanks in the author's acknowledgement list. unfortunately I cannot - now - afford to pay for contributions as I am having to seek donations/sponsorship for the biography; in this coming year I need £4000 and was refused a Scottish grant because I live in England and a grant in England because the university I was linking the biography research to is in Scotland. You couldn't make it up. This means that the research budget has now had to be diverted towards plugging the gap, so I am reliant on the kindness of strangers to help out at this stage.
Any information gratefully received - please specify how you would like your name to appear in the acknowledgement list, and of course, if you are willing to make a donation: email@example.com. Above all, if you can locate a photograph of John Thomas Edson (1904-1928) I will see what I can do to pay a small sum for it in thanks.
More About Firbeck Main Colliery - Another entry For John Thomas Edson
Information regarding Firbeck, refer to, my history of mining by Robert Bradley 1968 page 12, where there is quite a bit of information in the resume. A further photo of the pit just before closure is included in that item. The pit was open for 43 years and only one seam was worked. Search the site in the past years for other bits of info from sinking. The accident list at the end includes John Thomas Edson aged 24, killed by a fall of roof underground.....not a fall from a roof on the surface.. see photos to illustrate. First one is much earlier but it was still the same in the 1920s and 1930s.
The mining village of Langold was created for the workforce. I remember swimming in Langold Lake when I was a lad in the 1950s.
Hope this will assist you with your investigations.