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Lest We Forget

Lauren Murphy - Bradford Pit Memorial Project
Rachel Musselwhite - Martin O'Hora 1875 to 1907, died at Brodsworth Colliery age 32 years.

Lauren Murphy
28 Jul 2014
Bradford Pit Memorial Project

I have been running Bradford Pit memorial project for around two years now, a project which aims to remember Bradford Colliery Manchester and the people that worked there. I have recently been employed full time by Laing O’Rourke construction to work full time on the project in the aim to create a monument in dedication to the miners on the former pit’s site: Sportcity Etihad stadium.
Having seen on your website lots of different examples of mining memorials, I thought I would get in touch as I am currently researching and looking into the type of monument we would like and wondered if you could give me a few names of sculptors/designers who have dealt with anything like this?
I also noticed a while ago that a lady named Laura Briggs emailed in to you about our project and her uncle Edward who worked at Bradford pit and was crushed trying to save his pit ponies. If you could put me in contact with her I would really appreciate it – as her story has touched a lot of people and only reminds me of why our monument is so important.
Any help/advice you can give me would be much appreciated and hope to hear back soon,
Kind Regards,
Lauren Murphy
Regeneration and Community Coordinator
Laing O'Rourke Construction North
Bradford Pit Memorial Project Lead

Rachel Musselwhite
15 August 2010
Martin O'Hora 1875 to 1907, died at Brodsworth Colliery age 32 years.

My name is Rachel and Martin O'Hora  b: 1875 was my great Grandad. I have tried to find anything regarding his death at Brodsworth Colliery, South Yorkshire, aged 32 years old but none of the sites seem to have his death noted.

'He died when a hoppit filled with bricks was not stopped by the winding engineman at the proper place in a shaft which was being sunk and it caught and killed Martin and injured another 'sinker'.  the engineman alleged that a pin came out of the shaft by which the reversing gear is worked causing him to lose control of the engine but  apparently under such conditions the result would have been to put steam against the engine and cause it to stop more easily'.

I hope this information which his death certificate verifies will at last be displayed as all the other individual accidents are.

Many thanks.