My Hubands grandfather was trapped in a mining disaster in the 30s. He died from a tumour on his spine caused by this some time later. My husband never knew him because his mother was only about 7 when he died.
He lived in Hemsworth and worked in one of the mines but we do not know any details of the pit he worked in. His name was Joseph Crean and he moved from Ireland to become a miner. He was trapped for 3 days before he and a few others were rescued.
Can you give us any information, I know it is a long shot.
The only Joseph Crean I can find was injured at Sutton Heath, St Helens, Lancashire, owned by Sutton Heath and Lea Green Collieries Co Ltd but this was 11th June 1907. Arm caught by box. Lived at 46 Thompson Street.
Accidents where 5 or more lives were lost. Joseph has not been mentioned in any of these disasters but as he did not die at the scene his name might easily be missed.
24 Feb 1930 Wath Main Explosions, firedamp, ignited by safety lamp
26 Feb 1930 Lyme Pit Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
10 Mar 1930 Allerton Bywater Explosion, firedamp, explosion caused by shot firing
30 Aug 1930 Auchinraith, Blackband Seam Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
01 Oct 1930 Grove (Brownhills)Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by naked light used to light cigarette
12 Dec 1930 Houghton Main Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
31 Oct 1931 Bowhill Explosion
20 Nov 1931 Bentley, Barnsley Seam Explosion, firedamp, caused by gob fire or safety lamp
25 Jan 1932 Llwynypia Explosion, coal dust, ignition caused by match
10 Oct 1932 Bickershaw, No. 3 Pit Shaft accident, overwind, down cage crashed through landing platform into the sump
12 Nov 1932 Garswood Hall, No. 9 Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by electric spark
16 Nov 1932 Cardowan Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
09 Dec 1932 Cortonwood Explosion
16 May 1933 West Cannock Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by electric spark from signal bell
19 Nov 1933 Grassmoor, Deep Hand seam, No. 8 Pit Explosion, firedamp, cause of ignition uncertain, possibly electric cap-lamp headpiece
26 Jul 1934 Bilsthorpe Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
14 Aug 1934 Rosehall Explosion
22 Sep 1934 Gresford Explosion, firedamp, cause of ignition uncertain, possibly spontaneous combustion
23 Aug 1935 South Kirkby
12 Sep 1935 North Gawber (Lidgett) Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
21 Mar 1936 Bardykes Fall of roof
06 Aug 1936 Wharncliffe Woodmore Explosion, firedamp propagated by coal dust, ignition caused by sparking at starting switch or commutator of the loader motor
21 Jan 1937 Markham Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by flash from defective coal-cutter
15 Feb 1937 South Normanton
02 Jul 1937 Holditch Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by fire at coal cutting machine, caused by friction of the picks in the cut
30 Jan 1938 Dumbreck Underground fire, caused by short circuit in the junction box
10 May 1938 Markham No.1 Blackshale Pit Explosion, coal dust, ignited by sparking caused by breaking of joint box in collision with runaway tubs
07 Jun 1939 Astley Green
28 Oct 1939 Valleyfield