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Pretoria Pit at Westhoughton, Lancashire. Disaster 1910 - Page 8


Explosion 344 killed - Those Who Died

Those Who Died


Of the 145 persons who went down the mine only 2 survive and the total death toll was 344.

Those recovered on the 30th December

  • Wright Lovatt aged 15 of 341, Manchester Road, Westhoughton
  • William Riding aged 22 of 22, Balfern Street, Westhoughton
  • Thomas Owens
  • Sam Dootson of 5, Albion Street, Westhoughton, married with three children aged 6, 3 and 18 months
  • Albert Lonsdale aged 37 of 21 Manchester Road, Westhoughton, married with seven children aged 17, 16, 10, 5, 4, 12 months and 7 months
  • George Sargent aged 28 of 35, Dobbs Brow, married with two children aged 6 and 4
  • James Seddon aged 18 of 29, Broadwood Street, Daubhill, Bolton
  • James Green aged 22 of 211, Leigh Road, Westhoughton.

Those recovered on the 31st December

  • Fred Hindle aged 22 of 11, France Street, Atherton, married with a 4 month old child
  • Thomas Hurst aged 19 of 4, Oswald Sreet, Westhoughton
  • Richard Light of 38, Chorley Road, Westhoughton, married with six children
  • James Eccleston jnr. aged 31 of 32, Prospect Street, Tyldesley, married with four children aged 9, 5, 2 and 3 months.

Those recovered on the 1st January 1911

  • 2 unknown.

Those recovered on the 2nd. January 1911

  • Roberts aged 15 of 134, Bolton Road, Westhoughton
  • William Higson of 7, Venice Street, Daubhill, Bolton
  • Percy Hilton aged 25, of 211, Derby Street, Bolton
  • One unnamed.

Those recovered on the 3rd January 1911

  • John Wild aged 17 of 53, Morris Street, Daubhill, Bolton
  • Albert Griffiths aged 28 of 104, Church Street, Westhoughton
  • Gerald Hastie aged 19, c/o Mrs.Best, Ravenswwod Terrace, Chequerbent, Westhoughton
  • Sam Doxey aged 25 of 661, Manchester Road, Chequerbent, Westhoughton, married with an 18 month old child
  • Thomas Hastie aged 21, c/o Mrs. Naylor, Ravenswood Terrace, Chequerbent Westhoughton
  • Albert Hardman aged 17 of 16, Bolton Road, Westhoughton
  • Percy Woodward aged 18 of 487, Leigh Road, Westhoughton, married with four children
  • One unnamed.

Those recovered on the 4th January 1911

  • Edward Clynes aged 15 of 18, Gordon Street, Atherton
  • William Wignall aged 14 of 7, Mabel Street, Westhoughton
  • John Hooker aged 16 of 915, Atherton Road, Hindley Green
  • William T. Brown aged 50 of 6, Park Road, Westhoughton, married with three children aged 18, 12
    and 7
  • William Anderton aged 15 of 37, King Street, Westhoughton
  • William Ratcliffe
  • 2 unnamed.

Those recovered on the 5th January 1911

  • William Hilton aged 26 of 32, Hargreaves Street, Westhoughton, married but no children
  • Thomas Ratcliffe of 2, Seddon Street, Westhoughton, married with two children aged 19, and 17
  • Edward Thomas of 616, Willows Lane, Chequerbent, Westhoughton, married with a four month old child
  • Thomas Delafield
  • James Worthington aged 59 of 282, St.Helens Road, Daubhill, Bolton married with two children 27,
    and 21

Those recovered on the 6th January 1911

  • Moses Turner aged 21 of 244, Leigh Road, Westhoughton
  • Sam Partington aged 17 of 45, Water Street, Atherton and Joseph Hilton.

Recovered on the 7th January 1911

  • Joseph Leyland aged 24 of 31, Unsworth Street, Daubhill, Bolton.

Those recovered on the 9th January 1911

  • Lewis Hodgkiss aged 39 of 53, Brackner Street, Chequerbent, Westhoughton married with two children aged 12, and 8
  • William Harry Middlehurst aged 47 of 60, Venice Street, Daubhill, Bolton, married with five children, on of which was working and the rest 22, 19, 15 and 14
  • Thomas Howcroft aged 25 of 125, Bury Road, Bolton
  • 1 unnamed.

Recovered on the 10th January 1911

  • James Higham aged 58 of 74, Leigh Road, Westhoughton, married with six children all of whom were working except one son aged 30 who was in poor health.

Those recovered on the 12th January 1911

  • Ben A. Davies aged 23 of 24, Broard Street, Hindley
  • Thomas Wild aged 15 of 53, Morris Street, Daubhill, Bolton
  • Richard Fairhurst of 219, St.Helens Road, Daubhill, Bolton, married with six children
  • Syd Delafield aged 25 of 250 Bolton Road, Westhoughton.

Those recovered on the 13th January 1911

  • William Dyke aged 22 c/o 46, Sloane Street, Daubhill, Bolton.

Those recovered on the 16th January 1911

  • Albert Holt of 13, Mosley Street, Chequerbent, Westhoughton, married with no children
  • Richard Wild aged 43 of 53, Morris Green, Daubhill, Bolton married with a 12 year old child.

Those recovered on the 26th. January 1911

  • Joseph Edward Atherton aged 14 of 4, James Street, Westhoughton.

Those recovered on the 28th January 1911

  • John Edward Hodern aged 15 of 9, Robert Shaw Street, Westleigh.

Those recovered on the 29th January 1911

  • W. Capperall aged 40 of 2, Springs Gardens, Atherton, married with six children aged 19, 13, 12, 8, 3 and 12 months
  • James Tyrer of 482, Leigh Road, Westhoughton, married with two children aged 10 and 7

Those recovered on the 14th February 1911

  • 4 unnamed.

The list that appears in the Report is not complete. It contains 25 that are not named but gives a total of 344 victims if these 25 are included. Fountain Byres was also reported as being taken to hospital where he later died. This makes the total of the grim disaster 345.

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