Thank you for your web page on Mining deaths.
I am researching my family and have reached my Great, Great Grandfather who was Jeremiah Farmer, born 1820 in the Measham area. He disappears from the Census (He had a wife and seven children) in 1861.
I found his burial in Measham Parish records (December 4th Aged “41”). He had been living at 42 Bosworth Street Measham.
Looking at your webpage I was greatly saddened, but not too surprised, to find he had been killed on the 1st of December 1859 in Swadlincote Colliery by an Explosion of Methane.
Would it be possible to correct his age to age 41 years…as this would be more accurate.
I sit at my computer, some 158 years later feeling rather emotional for not only Jeremiah but the other men lost in the appalling conditions that they faced.
I would have liked him to know that his Great, Great Grandson, a retired RAF and Civil Airline Pilot… shed a few tears on his behalf.
Would there have been an inquest of any sort that I could look up?
Kind regards and thanks for your historical efforts to honour these men.
See also Bob Bradely's History of Mining