|Eric Minard - Ilkeston Mine Rescue Man (Page 1)
I can give you lots of information my name is Eric Minard seen on the photo with Phillip. We lived next door to each other and had some good times together.
I can give you a lot of names that were at the station when we were. The last time I spoke with Phil and Lottie was some years ago I came up to see my daughter and then went to find him. We had a good chat.
I live in Ilfracombe, Devon.
Let me know if you want information I have plenty so tell me how much you want and what about.
Yours Truly Eric Minard
Also Eric in charge of 40 canaries returns one to it's cage.
This was how I became involved in Mines Rescue. A few years later, while training at Ilkeston, I was asked if I had considered becoming a full time Rescue Man, a member of the Permanent Rescue Brigade. I applied for the job and was soon working at Ilkeston.
How The Station Was Run
In the East Midlands there where four stations Mansfield, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, and Ashby. These stations worked together, when one station got a call out there was another station to cover them.
Mansfield or Chesterfield would cover Ilkeston and Ilkeston would cover Ashby, so that if Ashby got a call out we would also go.
All the men on the station were on duty twenty four hours a day, seven days a week except for one and a half days leave a week.
Front Left to right Les Calladine, Alec Jackson, Tom Rainbird, Eric Minard, Arthur Syson, Philip Healey, Harry Newton, Albert Sheffield.