Hello Mr Beales,
Just found your listing of colliery fatalities in the east of England.
Perhaps you would like to include this information in your listings.
My Uncle John William Randall was killed a partial roof fall on the 16th February 1948 at Denaby Main Colliery, Near Doncaster. In 1948 it was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. My uncle was 46 years old.
His Brother -in-Law John William (Jack) Winfield, tried to save him, but failed to lift the heavy stones crushing his body. He had to run for assistance but all the rescue efforts were in vain.
The attached newspaper scan was taken from the local Mexborough Times published Friday of each week. Unfortunately the person who originally saved the information omitted to save the date of the news item.
See Transcript Below
Killed 16 Feb 1948
PANTOMIME WENT ON
As Conisbrough Pit Victim Would Have Wished
Methodism in the Conisbrough area suffered a severe blow on Monday by The death of Mr John William Randall (46) 6, The Crescent, Conanby who was fatally Injured by a fall of roof at Denaby Main Collier, where he was employed as a stone contractor. Mr. Randall's final duty for Conisbrough New Hill Methodist Church was to act as business manager for the church Sunday school's pantomime, 'Hansel and Gretel' In Wesley Methodist Church Hall, Conisbrough, this week. The pantomime opened a little over 24 hours after Mr. Randall's death, with his only daughter, 11-years-old Joan, in one of the principal parts.
Mr V. J. Peck, church secretary, told a 'South Yorkshire Times' reporter yesterday we consulted Mrs. Randall as to whether we should continue with the pantomime and she replied that “it would have been Mr. Randall's wish that we should do so”. The pantomime has been held on Tuesday and Wednesday, and is being given again to-night, (Thursday) and Saturday. We have not made any reference to Mr. Randall’s passing as we do not wish to distress his daughter, but something will, no doubt be said on Saturday evening. Mr. Randall was trustee of New Hill Methodist Church, Sunday School superintendent and secretary and choirmaster and had been a local preacher for many years in Mexborough Methodist Circuit.
Mr. Randall was also connected with the St. John Ambulance Brigade and was a member of Denaby Choral Society. He attended the (evening service at New Hill Methodist Church the evening before his death.
The funeral will take place at ' Conisbrough to-day (Friday)
At the inquest at Denaby yesterday, when a verdict of "Accidental ' Death" was returned, Mr J. Halford, manager of Denaby Main Collier, paid tribute to the action of a Denaby Yorkshire Council cricketer, Richard Cory, Morton Road, Mexborough, in running to the assistance of Mr. Randall regardless of his own safety, and also complimented Mr. Randall's mate, John William Winfield, 11, Halifax Avenue, Conanby, on keeping a cool head when the accident occurred and losing no time In going for assistance. Mr Halford, on behalf of the N C.B. management and officials of the colliery was expressing regret at Mr. Randall's death.
On behalf of the N.U.M., Coun. J T E Collins Denaby branch secretary, said they were pleased that everything possible was done, but unfortunately it was hopeless.
Winfield said that on Monday they were working on the morning shift in the South district of the Parkgate seam, repairing the road. The roof was supported by girders and they were going to take out an old girder.
Before doing so they set temporary supports and took out the support with the aid of a Sylvester and chain. The work was completed about 9 a.m., and they started to remove the old timber they were 'plucking' when a slight bump came and the fall occurred at the same time.
The fall trapped Randall, and witness tried to lift the stone off him, but was unable to do so. Randall was face downwards and the stone was on his back. "I ran 400 yards and back again for assistance." Winfield said, "and Randall was released as quickly as possible." Winfield said that Randall was a very experienced man and he was satisfied with the working conditions.
The deputy, Leonard Maw, 50 Pym Road, Mexborough, said he visited the place about 7.15 a.m and examined it thoroughly. It was normal and well supported. The stone which trapped Randall had come from the side of the roof. Randall had been very careful and nothing more could have been done to prevent the accident Dr. John McArthur, Denaby said death was due to a fractured skull and haemorrhage resulting from penetration of the lung by fractured ribs.
IGNORED OWN SAFETY
Two Ran To Pit Fall
Mr J HALFORD, manager of Denaby Main Colliery, described at an inquest yesterday how two men ran to rescue a trapped comrade "regardless of their own safely.” The inquest was on John William Randall, aged 48, of The Crescent, Conanby, Conisbrough. He and John William Winfield, of Halifax Avenue, Conanby, were repairing an old roadway in the Parkgate seam when a big stone fell from the roof. Winfield was unable to release Randall, and ran 400 yards to Richard Cory, of Morton Road, Mexborough, to get aid They ran back to the place, said Mr. Halford and got the stone from Randall, but he died shortly afterwards.
The Coroner, Mr. W. H. Carlile, said Randall faithfully carried out the deputy's instructions, and there was no neglect. A verdict of "Accidental death" was recorded.
Mr. J. W. RANDALL of Conanby, recently lost his life in a colliery accident. This was a sad bereavement, not only for his family, but for the whole community. For Mr. Randall was an active Christian worker in our midst, and played an important part in linking together the Sunday School work of the various religious denominations in Conisbrough. He was a good man and a sincere Christian, and will be greatly missed. To his widow and family we offer our deepest sympathy.
23 Dec 2014
You have produced a fitting tribute to my uncle John from the newspaper cuttings I sent to you.
His daughter Joan is also very pleased with the way you have presented the information.