Joseph Evans is almost certainly my Great-Grand-Uncle born 1856, died 25 July 1910 in Whiston (Rotherham). More detail if wanted.
Maths makes my Joseph 54 years old at death, not 51. Fully appreciate source data may be wrong and that typos occur, especially when dealing with lists. Manuscript ones compound and 4 can look like a long lead stroke 1. No criticism, just possibilities.
Can I take 21-Jul-1910 as the date of the explosion, not the fatality?
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For the record: Joseph EVANS
- born 1856, Coleorton, Leicestershire, first eight children of John and Susannah Evans (nee Bradford).
- 1871 census and on: Coal miner.
- 1878 Sheffield registered marriage to Eliza Bartholomew of Mosborough, producing four known children.
- 1881 Census residences: 43 Stanton Hill, Skegby, Nottinghamshire.
- 1891, Moorhouse, Whiston, Yorkshire
- 1901, Toll Bar House, Whiston.
- 1910, Interred in Whiston churchyard (photo).
In return feel free to use words and image. And on a lighter note, if considered appropriate, two wryly humorous anecdotes showing the miner’s laconic approach to fact, plus a probably unforeseeable workplace hazard.
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Source: my father, Arthur Briggs, Deputy Shotfirer at Arkwright Colliery until 1973. I don’t recall when he told the tale, but it was the later 1960’s when car ownership was uncommon. If I remember rightly he called the miner Jim.
Shift over, Jim stood at the bus stop to wait fifteen minutes while it rained stair rods, slowly soaking him. He boarded the bus uncomfortably chilled. Disembarking, resigned to the unrelenting rain, he tucked his snap tin under his arm, turned up his collar and morosely trudged the half mile home as penetrating wet soured his mood further. Entering the kitchen he found his wife, seemingly not the sharpest of snowballs, ironing with her back to him. She turned saying, ‘’Ello love,’ then eyed the silent, dripping figure. ‘Eee,’ she exclaimed, ‘is it raining out there?’ and turned back to her task. Jim thought for a moment, whipped his snap tin from under his arm and fetched her a clout round the head saying, ‘Does that ’urt?’
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Source: [name withheld], a corporal I knew in the RAF circa 1978. He had a couple of years in a Doncaster area pit before joining up, so his tale is of similar 1960’s date. One Harry, I think, was the subject.
Harry, like many, was a smoker and chewed tobacco underground. Routinely, though, he lit up for a last drag while waiting for shift start companions. This often meant half a cigarette, which he’d pinch out and stow in his locker. As was his wont, on surfacing he’d strip pit tackle off, light his dog end and sit naked with it on a nearby lath bench before showering. So he sat on this occasion, leaning forward, elbows on knees, enjoying the smoke. Unrecognised by him, though, his balls dropped into a lath gap. Harry, smoke finished, heaved himself upright and passed out. Apparently he was still tender after a week off work.
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Joseph Evans was 54 when he died as the result of a explosion on the 21st July 1910 at Rotherham Main Colliery, owned by John Brown and Co.
Three men died, Joseph Evans, Reginald Evans and Albert Fletcher. They were working in a long-wall face. Joseph was setting a prop when a large stone fell from a cavity in the goaf, knocked out a prop and smashed a safety lamp. The fall brought down firedamp from the cavity and a sharp explosion resulted. All the men were so severely burnt that they subsequently died, so not necessarily on the day of the accident.
Information from Ian Winstanley's site, The Coal Mining History Resource Centre
Hi Fionn, The HMI report gives his age as 54 also on Free BMD as 54.
HMI report 1910 July 21 7-30-pm. Joseph Evans 54, collier; Albert Fletcher, 24. Filler; Reginald Evans, 24. Filler; The three men were working in a long wall face. Joseph Evans was setting a prop when a large stone fell from a cavity in the goaf, knocked out a prop and smashed a safety lamp. The fall brought down fire damp from the cavity, and a sharp explosion resulted. All the men were so severely burnt that they subsequently died. I do not know if the younger Evans was related