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Paul Bolton - Alan's Data Base - Manton Pit
Nick Monaghan - Alan s Data Base - Some of my Ancestors
John Lowe - Alan's Data Base - Upton Colliery June 1940, Jack (John) Foster Died 12 days later
Irene Arnold - Pit Death - Edward Plant - Fatalities
Barbara Cast - Pit Death - Young Teggatt, we reached our mate but alas he was dead
Paul Waite - Welbeck Colliery - My Grandfather, Richard Giles

In MemoryPaul Bolton
20 Apr 2015
Alan's Data Base - Manton Pit

I know of two other fatalities at Manton.

Polish guy threw himself down No.2 shaft by crawling under the gates sometime in the late seventies or eighties.

Chap got cut in half at No.2 shaft when the winder set off as he was getting on the bottom deck of the cage.


Paul Bolton
Ex Manton pit

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See Also Bob Bradley

In MemoryIn MemoryNick Monaghan
30 Mar 2015
Alan s Data Base - some of my Ancestors

Just wanted to tell you about some of my Ancestors

  • my 4X Great-Grandfather CHRISTOPHER HUTCHINSON was killed in a GAS EXPLOSION at METHLEY COLLIERY, Yorkshire, in 1839 Aged 21
  • my 3X Great-Grandfather JOHN HINCHCLIFFE was killed at WHITWOOD COLLIERY, FALLING DOWN a MINE SHAFT in 1853, Aged 23,
  • my 2X Great-Uncle ROBERT ISSATT HUTCHINSON, killed in a ROOF FALL at ALLERTON BYWATER in 1925, Aged 27,
  • My 4x Great-Uncle John Goodall, Killed In A Explosion of firedamp At Garforth Colliery In 1855, Aged11!

Very Best Wishes,


Some Information from Coal Mining History Resource Centre

Mining Accidents - John Hinchcliffe, age 23 Date: 13/05/1853, Whitwood Colliery, Town of Pontefract, Owner: Henry Briggs, Fell down the shaft.

Mining Accidents - GOODALL John, age 11, 19/03/1855, Colliery: Garforth, Leeds, Yorkshire, Owner: R. Gascoigne, Explosion of firedamp.

In MemoryJohn Lowe
27 Mar 2015
Alan's Data Base - Upton Colliery June 1940, Jack (John) Foster Died 12 days later

I have been asked to help to try to find out details of an accident at Upton Colliery which took place on June 4th 1940. The details are below.

Two (distant) relatives were said to have been involved in a mining accident at Upton Colliery, Yorkshire which took place during the first week in June 1940. One of them survived but was injured, the other one - Jack (John) Foster - died twelve days later in Pontefract Hospital. I have found a reference in Hansard which states that two people died initially, and one died later (accident date 4 June 1940). There is an article in the Barnsley Chronicle (June 1940) which refers to nine men having died. Jack's name is not there. I have looked on the Coal Mining History Resource Centre site - but there is no reference to this accident and I can't find any other information about it. Was Jack involved in the major accident - or had there been two accidents within a couple of days of each other?

I can find information relating to an accident at Lepton on the same date. The details include identical named to those killed in the Upton accident. It looks as if the accident was at Upton not Lepton. Could you clarify if this is correct please?

Best wishes,


LEPTON Huddersfield, Yorkshire. 4th. June 1940 - JH Foster, 36, Collier Died 18th June. Should this be Upton Colliery and Could this be Jack?

In MemoryIrene Arnold
17 Mar 2015
Edward Plant - Fatalities

Thank you for maintaining your site - I have been so fascinated to read your information and facts on day to day life of the miner.

Just a small correction I can offer on my grandfather, Edward Plant whose life I have been researching.

He died on 02 Dec 1930 aged 33 years leaving a widow and 7 children under 10. The accident - roof fall- occurred on 05 Nov 1929 nearly a year earlier.

The death certificate states that he died as a result of his injuries -fracture of the spine and died from toxaemia (blood poisoning) pyelonephritis and paralysis of bladder.

Sadly, like many, the irony was that after serving and surviving as a soldier on the Western Front he should lose his life in the mine.

Kind regards

Irene Arnold

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See also Pilsley Closed 1957 after 92 years

In MemoryBarbara Cast
12 Mar 2014
Gedling Pit Death - We reached our mate, Young Teggatt, but alas he was dead

Good evening Alan

I have just published the memoirs of my husband’s great uncle Harry’s Story and the following is an extract from it which relates a death in Gedling Pit. Dorothy Ritchie at the Local History Library told me of your research into pit deaths and I thought you might be interested.

Barbara Cast

“A few weeks later an event happened in the pit in the district in which I worked which will never leave me. I would inform my reader that though deaths in the mine was not ‘usual’ they were certainly not unusual. Apart from explosions, such as Senghenydd in South Wales and Whitehaven in the north east, in which hundreds were killed, there was an average of around 400 individual deaths each year.

This tragedy came upon us during an afternoon shift around five o’clock. One of our mates (ponydriver) who we called Young Teggatt, he was fourteen and few months old, was killed. He was bringing a train of full wagons from the coalface to the main road, he was riding on the shaftiron (the connecting rod from the pony’s shafts to the wagons); it appeared that a piece of lagging (a flat piece of timber placed in the roof) had by pressure become dislodged and was protruding at an incline. Apparently this piece of lagging was caught in the top of the pony’s collar and brought about thirty tons of stone and dust upon Young Teggatt and the first wagon. The pony just escaped ‘the fall’. About this time I was bringing my ‘run’ of full wagons to the junction joining each road, I jumped off the shaftiron in order to fix the point of the track and noticed a cloud of dust which was moving from the adjoining road and it immediately enveloped me. I knew at once that it was from a heavy fall of roof. Straight away I hurried down this road (gate) to see what had happened. What I saw was a great shock to me. The pony was pinned to the side with a mixture of lumps of stone and dust. I could neither hear nor see my comrade. I moved some of the lumps of stone from the pony’s shafts and managed to release him, then I ran to the main road to get help. I did not know what had befallen Young Teggatt, he could have been behind the wagons. The men got to work removing the debris and after about twenty minutes our mate was reached but alas he was dead. Suffocated by dust and no doubt internally injured by huge pieces of the strata.

This is not the end of the tragedy! It was tradition in those days and I believe it still is, that when a death occurred in the mine and all mines, work ceased for the day. The miners were not paid for this time off, but it was out of respect for their fellow-worker and to show their sympathy for the bereaved family. Some men wanted to keep the matter quiet because their wages depended upon the amount of coal that reached the surface they were known as ‘getters-out’. They thought they could keep the pit ‘turning’. They probably thought in their ‘little’ minds that “It was only a lad.” I couldn’t have this attitude and I immediately went in to my own coalface men and told them of the tragedy. They downed tools at once and passed the news along the coalfaces and within fifteen minutes the whole pit was at a standstill. We lads had unlimmered our ponies and were dressing when the head ‘getter-out’, a man of about 35 years and a bully came towards me and using much bad language at me, which I returned with interest, he saying, “Yo ‘im whose stopped the job.” I picked up a ‘dog’, a dog is three links of chain (iron) with a hook at each end, weighing about 9 or 10 lbs and is used for coupling the wagons (tubs) together. I stood my ground and said to him: “If yer come any further I’ll ‘it yer in the clock (face) wi’ this dog!” He stopped in his tracks. I have never regretted my attitude on this occasion but being the unofficial spokesman for my mates also, it did not enhance my position with those in charge. As a compensation however I did get from my fellow gangers a loyalty and a confidence which was a very pleasing experience to me as a fifteen year old.”

Inquest, Chesterfield Arms, Gedling  

In MemoryPaul Waite
11 Mar 2015
Welbeck Colliery - My Grandfather, Richard Giles

Hello. I just want to thank you for your website and information about the Welbeck colliery.

I had a newspaper clipping about the death of my grandfather, Richard Giles, but it didn t have the date on it. Now I know it was 20-6-1935. My mother, Phyllis, helped her mother raise her four younger brothers and was allowed to go to school only for half days in order to help with the chores.

Thank you so much.
Best wishes

Paul Waite