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Thornhill Disaster. Dewsbury, Yorkshire. 4th July 1893 - Page 2

Back to Pits      -       139 Died in This Tradgedy
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A message of sympathy and enquiry from Her Majesty the Queen, which was received from the Home Secretary, was posted up in a prominent place.

There was nothing to hinder the removal of the dead from the pit, but the sad task was deferred till nightfall, and the Parochial Hall was fitted up for the reception of the bodies. All night through the dead being brought on stretchers to the Hall and prepared for identification and burial. We pass hastily over this stage of the story.

All was done with as much care and reverence as so difficult and arduous a task permitted, and nothing could exceed the self-devotion which many whose hearts were aching with sorrow exhibited in their untiring labours.

A crowd besieged the entrance to the Parochial Hall throughout the following day, and some we are told failed to get admission to see the remains of their dead. But it will be understood that such mistakes were almost inevitable at a time when it was necessary to exclude as far as possible all but those who had a good reason for being admitted. We may say here that the self-restraint and consideration shown by all the sorrowing mourners was very remarkable when there was so much to try their patience and fortitude. The tedious protraction of the inquest which kept many waiting for hours, and the natural desire to have their own dead restored to them for a short time before interment must have told heavily on them, but in spite of it all they showed wonderful forbearance.


THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF MEN AND BOYS
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE TRAGIC PIT DISASTER OF 4thJULY 1893

Buried at Thornhill on the 6th July:-
Garfitt, Rowland Blakeley aged 22 years of Thornhill Edge.
Scargill, Jamesl aged 50 years of Thornhill,

Buried at Thornhill on the 7th July:-
Andrews, Alexander aged 15 years of Thornhill Edge.
Asquith, Herbert aged 32 years, of Thornhill.
Brook, Charles aged 33 years of Thornhill Edge
Brown, George Gilbert aged 12 of Briestfield
Brown, William aged 17 of Briestfield
Chapman, George aged 18 years of Thornhill Edge.
Croft, Samuel aged 28 years of Thornhill.
Field, Walter aged 15 years of Thornhill.
Goldthorpe, William aged 70 years of Thornhill Edge.
Hampshire, William aged 36 years of Thornhill.
Hardcastle, Walter aged 24 years of Thornhill.
Mort, Edward aged 36 years of Thornhill Edge.
Oates, Arthur aged 18 years, of Millbank.
Oates, Fred aged 15 years of Millbank.
Swallow, William Henry aged 25 years of Thornhill.
Thornes, Lambert aged 15 years of Thornhill.
Wraithmell, Herbert aged 18 years of Thornhill Edge, Son of George and Ann
Wraithmell, Willie aged 13 years of Thornhill Edge.

Buried 8th July:-
Ashton, John aged 35 years of Thornhill Edge, Son of George & Ann
Ashton, Joshua aged 23 years of Thornhill, Son of George & Ann
Ashton, Oliver aged 15 years of Thornhill Edge.
Beaumont, Ephraim aged 12 years of Middlestown.
Beaumont, John William aged 16 years of Middlestown.
Booth (alias Rusby), Charles aged 40, father of Fred, of Middlestown Charles
Booth (alias Rusby), Fred, aged 13, son of Charles, of Middlestown Fred
Booth (alias Rusby), Henry, aged 17, son of Charles, of Middlestown Fred
Brook, Aquila aged 33 years of Lees Moor.
Brooke, Charles, aged 45 years of Love Row, Thornhill
Brooke, Willie, aged 14 years of Love Row, Thornhill
Burton, Henry (Halstead) aged 30 years of Lees Moor.
Butcher, Alfred Thornhill Lees aged 16 of Thornhill Lees
Butcher, Edwin Thornhill Edge aged 29 of Thornhill Edge
Butcher, George Henry Thornhill Lees aged 14 of Thornhill Lees
Butcher, Mark Falhouse aged 39 of Falhouse
Butcher, Seth Falhouse aged 12 of Falhouse
Coates, Joseph aged 28 years of Thornhill Edge.
Cole, William aged 16 years of Middlestown.
Croft, John aged 33 years of Thornhill.
Crossley, George aged 23 years of Thornhill Edge.
Crossley, Samuel aged 65 years of Thornhill Edge.
Drake, Stephen aged 40 years of Thornhill.
Douglas, Frank aged 16 years of Thornhill Lees
Dunford, Herbert aged 18 years of Thornhill Edge.
Dyson, Tom aged 33 years of Thornhill Edge.
Ellis, John aged 36 years of Edge Top.
Ellis, Thomas aged 321 years of Thornhill.
Ellis, William aged 60 years of Thornhill.
Fearnley, Edward aged 16 years of Thornhill Edge.
Fearnley, Edward aged 55 years of Thornhill Edge.
Fenton, George aged 36 years of Thornhill.
Firth, Alfred aged 19 years of Thornhill Edge.
Firth, Charles aged 46 years of Thornhill Edge.
Firth, Eli aged 41 years of Thornhill.
Firth, George aged 15 years of Thornhill.
Firth, Samuel aged 17 years of Thornhill.
Fisher, Charles aged 27 of Ravensthorpe, buried Whitley Parish Church.
Fisher, George aged 25 years of Lees Moor.
Fox, John aged 15 years of Middlestown.
Fox, Thomas aged 13 years of Middlestown.
Goldthorpe, William aged 41 years of Thornhill. Died 5 July 1893.
Grimsdale, Arthur aged 15 years of Middlestown.
Haigh, Frank aged 12 years of Whitley Lower. Buried at Whitley Parish Church
Haigh, Thomas aged 38 years of Whitley Lower. Buried at Whitley Parish Church
Halstead, Henry aged 57 years of Thornhill Edge.
Hardcastle, John aged 49 years of Thornhill Edge.
Hawksworth, Amos aged 52 of Smithy Lane, Thornhill. Buried at Outwood.
Hill, James aged 25 years of Lees Moor.
Hill, Inman aged 14 of Whitley, buried Whitley Parish Church. Son of James and Mary Ann.
Hills, Thomas aged 14 of Stanley.
Hinchcliffe, Harry aged 20 years of Thornhill Edge.
Hinchcliffe, Jonathan aged 46 years of Thornhill Edge.
Holland, George Walter aged 15 of Thornhill Lees, buried Thornhill Lees Parish Church.
Jackson, William aged 27 years of Thornhill Edge.
Jessop, Harry aged 17 years of Edge Top.
Jessop, Matthew aged 26 years of Smithy Brook.
Johnson, Joseph aged 16 of Whitley, buried Whitley Parish Church.
Kendal, Frederick aged 19 of Whitley, buried Whitley Parish Church.
Lee, Lewis aged 26 years of Thornhill.
Lee, Sykes aged 18 years of Thornhill.
Lightowler, Henry aged 31 years of Thornhill Edge.
Lightowler, Isaac aged 36 years of Thornhill Edge.
Little, John William aged 13 of Thornhill.
Little, Joseph aged 22 years of Thornhill.
Longbottom, John aged 40 years of Thornhill Lees.
Longbottom, Smith aged 15 years of Thornhill Lees.
Milner, Leonard aged 16 of Briestfield, buried Whitley Parish Church
Milner, Richard aged 18 of Briestfield, buried Whitley Parish Church
Milnes, Benjamin aged 22 years of Thornhill Edge.
Milnes, Fransord aged 12 years of Partridge Row.
Milnes, George aged 51 years of Thornhill Edge.
Milnes, James aged 17 years of Thornhill Edge.
Netherwood, John Buckley aged 15 years of Thornhill Edge.
Noble, James aged 44 years of Middlestown, father of Joseph Noble.
Noble, Joseph aged 16 years of Middlestown.
Oates, Willie aged 14 years of Thornhill Edge.
Pickard, Richard aged 49 years of Lees Moor.
Pickles, Stanley aged 17 of Briestfield, buried Whitley Parish Church
Ramsden, Abraham aged 39 years of Middlestwon.
Ramsden, Alfred Alonzo aged 17 years of Middlestown.
Ramsden, Benjamin aged 31 years of Middlestown.
Ramsden, David aged 44 years of Partridge Row.
Ramsden, Matthew aged 59 years of Middlestown.
Ramsden, Willie aged 16 years of Middlestown.
Roberts, Josiah aged 40 years of Thornhill.
Scarfe, Joseph aged 16 years of Lees Moor.
Scargil, Robert l aged 40 years of Thornhill.
Scargill, Lot aged 28 years of Thornhill.
Secker, Benjamin, aged 53 years of Whitley. Buried at Whitley Parish Church.
Senior, Lot aged 62 years of Thornhill.
Sheard, Ernest aged 13 years of Thornhill.
Smith, John William aged 15 of Whitley Lower, buried Whitley Parish Church
Smith, John William aged 42 years of Batley Carr.
Smith, Mark aged 29 years of Thornhill.
Speight, Herbert aged 28 years of Thornhill.
Stanley, Thomas Hills aged 14 years of Overton.
Steadman, James Joseph aged 24 years of Thornhill Edge.
Stevenson, William aged 15 years of Middlestown.
Summerscales, Henry aged 59 years of Thornhill Edge.    
Summerscales, Rufus aged 16 years of Thornhill and stepson of Robert Scargill.
Tindale, John aged 34 years of Thornhill Edge.
Watkins, Thomas aged 15 years of Edge Top.
Wilcock, George aged 30 years of Lees Moor.
Wilcock, Walton Henry Oxley aged 51 years of Thornhill.
Wilkinson, George aged 52 years of Thornhill.
Wood, George aged 39 years of Thornhill.
Wood, Joseph aged 15 years of Thornhill.
Wood, Sam aged 40 years of Thornhill.
Wood, William aged 12 years of Thornhill.
Wroe, William Varley aged 42 years of Thornhill Edge.

Buried 9th July:-
Beaumont (alias Wilkinson), Lister aged 17 of Thornhill, buried Flockton Parish Church.
Heywood, John aged 28 years of Middlestown. Buried at Whitley or Flockton

Thanks to Catherine Webster for all her work correcting and adding names, 2 names still to find.

Also A Father And Two Sons:-

William Wood age 45
Friend Wood age 15
John Wood age 13

Thanks to Francine For This Information

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