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John Evans - George and William Evans - Information Request



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John Evans
18 Sep 2014
George and William Evans - Information Request Colliery Accident - South Elmsall, Yorkshire
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Hi there

I love you website and wondered if you can assist me. I am trying to find information about my Grand father, see below. I found his brother, William's death listed in newspaper (Frickley Colliery 1931 - gassed)  but cannot find anything about how my grandfather George got injured.

John

"Information request - George Evans - Colliery Accident - South Elmsall

My grandfather, George Evans (b.1878), died in 1942 following years of a stomach cancer which apparently was triggered by him having been trapped in a mine accident. He lived in South Elmsall and South Kirby and Frickley was very close. I do not know for sure which colliery he worked at but his brother William worked at Frickley. I think he may have been involved in the disaster of 1935. Is there anyway you can check your archives to see if his name is mentioned? I have never seen a picture of him either. I would be extremely grateful of any help you can give me. I live overseas now so cannot easily return to check such archives myself. I do have his death certificate

I have checked the online register of mining accidents but found no mention of George Evans (he had no middle name).

My Great uncle William Evans died in December 1931 at Frickley Colliery. He was a Deputy and I have traced much information concerning this accident and even managed to secure a copy of the subsequent inquest. I understand however that he was involved in earlier accidents in Wigan and in Wales. Although from Shropshire originally the family had moved from Ruabon in Wales to South Elmsall to work at the newly opened collieries there. l

He was treated by a Cancer Specialist at Sheffield Hospital before his death on 23rd October in 1942. The family lived at 51 Westfield Lane, South Elmsall at the time of his death.

I have never seen a photo of him and am trying find the details of the mining accident which lead to his death."

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John Evans
31 Jan 2015
Re: George and William Evans, Frickley Colliery
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Fionn

Not sure if you are interested but I attach the Inquest into the 1931 Frickley Colliery accident in which my Great Uncle William Evans died and 4 other Pit Deputies peristed and some photos.

William finally made the front page. Sadly he died by so doing. He left 7 children, and a wife who was pregnant, behind. When you hear the background story of the victims you realise the true cost of the coal being mined.

John



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