I'm trying to find out if it's still possible to access the National Database of Mining Deaths (all links I've found so far online are to archived pages which are not searchable or include PDFs which are not downloadable).
I'm interested because my husband's grandfather and great-grandfather both died in accidents and, while I have copies of their death certificates, I wondered if I could find out any more.
Grandfather: John Hall Gaskell, died 18 September 1940 at Bestwood Colliery, Nottinghamshire, aged 48. According to my husband, John was coming off shift then went back "to check on something" (according to a guy who was with him at the time). His address in 1940 is given as 4 Hiron Place, Hempshall Lane, Bulwell.
Great-Grandfather: William Gaskell, died 12 April 1915 at Mosley Common Colliery, Tydesley, Manchester Coalfield, Lancashire, aged 53. He was killed by a roof fall. His address is given as 19 Back Salford, Walkden, Worsley, Lancashire.
The reason I'm trying to find out more is that John Hall Gaskell was adopted by William Gaskell and his wife Mary Hannah (Hall was John's original surname). I assume but don't know whether/where John was originally working in Lancashire, but by December 1924 (when he married) he is in Bulwell. His adoptive mother died earlier the same year - leaving her house and possessions to her nieces and nephews rather than her adoptive son. All rather curious so I'm trying various angles to find out particularly what happened between 1915 and 1924, plus what happened to John in the run up to his death.
Are you aware of any online resources which are searchable?
William Gaskell, born abt 1862 Died 12 April 1915 at Tyldesley, Lancashire, England. He was a Collier at the Mosley Common No.1 Colliery owned by the Earl of Ellesmere. Cause of death, killed by fall of roof while examining a prop.
Ancestry (Ian Winstanley's Coal Mining History Resource Centre, is now in Ancestry)