My genealogy research has brought me to your site.
Orval Samuel Hokeis shown on your site as having died on September 11, 1972. The entry shows that he was crushed by a train at Gedling Colliery and refers to "Carlton County Offices."
Orval is my second-cousin 2x removed and was born in West Virginia (US) in 1916. His father was Dallice Grover Hoke and his spouse was Irene Miller. She was born at 138 Forster Street, Radford, Nottingham, England in 1924 and died in 1972
Do you by any chance have any information about him? I can only guess that he might have ended up in England because he was a soldier in World War 2. That is the best guess I can make.
Thank you for your help
This is a type of 100hp diesel locomotive as used underground at Gedling. It has a driving cab at both ends and is approaching some doors that are open.
On 11 Sep 1972 Orval Hoke was leaning out of the cab whilst driving the loco and whilst passing through the power-operated doors, he was unfortunately crushed between the door and the loco.
The Carlton Offices in Nottingham refers to the place where the Coroner's Court was held on 22 Nov 1972.
The local Coroner and a jury of 8 men would consider the accident, sometimes aided by a witness to the accident, should there be one.
Always a plan constructed by the Colliery Surveyor from measurements taken of the scene of the fatality would be presented and issued to the Coroner and the jury. He would accompany the Colliery Manager on these occasions and answer any query should any be asked, regarding information on the plan which would include various sections with gradients of the roadway or site of the accident and well as the plan view.
Generally a Mines Inspector would be present to pass comment if necessary but usually to listen to the remarks made by the Coroner from the evidence presented. He would record the verdict to include in his report.
Following the verdict which would invariably be stated to be accidental death, the Colliery Manager would generally make a brief statement to the family, if present, regarding his regret as to the accident and his condolences and probably offer a statement that following that accident he would issue instructions that by changing operations that caused the accident further similar incidents could be prevented.
The experienced Coroner would invariably outline his views of the tragedy and assist the jury in their decision.
These remarks are from personal attendances at a Coroner's Court at several venues for the 5 fatalities I have been involved with whilst Surveyor for the Mine at Ollerton Colliery in Nottinghamshire from 1971 to 1986.
Note...the Coroner would hold Court as soon as practicable according to his work load and it would be in the area where the person lived or in the area of the hospital should he be injured and then died there.
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