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Muriel Walker - My friend believes that Matthew Wilkinson was killed in a mining accident at Dinnington in 1911
Kathy Roberts - My great grandfather Joseph Smith-Farnsworth, died in the Summit, Kirby coal mine in 1917
Ian Cummings - My Dad William Robert Cummings was Killed at Cotgrave Pit 1982
Denise Hathaway - My Great Grandad Alfred Crossie, was Killed at Dale Abbey Pit in 1900
Walter Beardsley - My Grandfather James Walter Beardsley, West Hallam Colliery Fatalities 1925
Beverley Hamilton - Maurice Buckingham died 15 July 1948 at Babbington Colliery
Alan Mycock - James Taylor - Oxcroft Colliery disaster 1919 - lived in the village of Shuttlewood


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Muriel Walker
28 March 2013
My friend believes that Matthew Wilkinson was killed in a mining accident at Dinnington in 1911
In Memory

Hello Alan. What a wonderful site you’re maintaining for future generations. Since I found it, I find myself re-visiting whenever I can. I grew up in Thornton, a village in North West Leicestershire, and most of the village men I remember from my childhood worked at either Merrylees, Desford or Bagworth pits. Merrylees, in particular, was noted for being a drift mine where the miners worked in water up to their waists for most of the time. Our village is much changed now, and most people who buy the new houses, (not in the “Colliery rows”!) have no conception that the green, treed hills in the valley which they admire from their windows were once slag heaps!

The reason for my contact, and I really hope you won’t mind my making it, is that I am working on a family tree for an elderly friend of mine (more elderly than I am!).  Some of her family, the Whettons,  moved around 1900  from the collieries at Donisthorpe and Overseal to Fryston in Yorkshire - I believe for better wages?  This migration involved my friend’s mother Caroline Smith, as a girl. Caroline married Matthew Wilkinson in 1911, and my friend believes that he was killed in a mining accident at Dinnington Colliery in October 1917 leaving Caroline with three little girls, the youngest but six weeks old. I have found another Matthew Wilkinson fatal accident on your site, but he’s not the one I’d dearly love to know about, though I do wonder if there’s a connection.

Please can you help my searches in any way? I would be most grateful. 
With thanks in anticipation.
Kind regards
Muriel Walker.
Photos of Dinnington Colliery

Matthew has been found, click here


How very kind! It’s so nice that Matthew has his memorial flower – my friend will be both touched and delighted, I’m sure.

I have attached three photographs which I have which relate to Desford Colliery, Leicestershire, which might be of some interest to your site.  I applaud your efforts to keep mining memories alive.

Many thanks.
Kind regards,
Muriel Walker.


Photographs of Desford Locomotives by Colin M Harris

48082 passing Desford Colliery Sidings with 45 empty mineral wagons
from Leicester Power Station for Bagworth. 9 May 1966

Desford Colliery locomotive sheds. 1963

Hunslet 3170 brings empties up from the exchange sidings at Desford Colliery. 1964


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Kathy Roberts
26 March 2013
My great grandfather Joseph Smith-Farnsworth, died in the Summit, Kirby coal mine in 1917
In Memory

Hi, my name is Kathy Roberts. I live in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. My great grandfather Joseph Smith-Farnsworth, from Heanor, Derbyshire died in the Summit, Kirby coal mine in 1917. He was 36 years of age. Could you research this for me as I did not see it in your list of deaths for this mine?

This is the story my family has passed down through the generations. Anything you can tell me would be a great help.

Kind regards,
Kathy Roberts

 

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A Joseph S Farnsworth died June quarter 1917 free BMD, going to the Library to will see if any turns up.

Alan Beales


Ballarat is Victoria's third largest city, located just over an hour by road or rail west of Melbourne. It enjoyed a rich and prosperous heritage thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Photo above South Star Gold Mine 1901


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Ian Cummings
24 March 2013
My Dad William Robert Cummings was Killed at Cotgrave Pit 1982
In Memory

Hi just looking at the information on the deaths at Cotgrave pit, my Dad was killed there in 1982, William Robert Cummings, he was on the face that day working, the cutter broke down and as he was inspecting it a safety chain snapped and hit him round the back of his head, if this helps with the info.

Ian Cummings


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Denise Hathaway
20 March 2013
My Great Grandad Alfred Crossie, was Killed at Dale Abbey Pit in 1900
In Memory

Hello,
I am the Great Granddaughter of Alfred Crossie, who was killed at Dale Abbey Pit in 1900.

It was good to see him remembered on your web site! My Great grandmother Jemima was expecting their child, she gave birth to a son James in the following February 1901, in turn his wife gave birth to my Mother.

Thank you
Denise Hathaway


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Walter Beardsley
19 March 2013
My Grandfather James Walter Beardsley, West Hallam Colliery Fatalities 1925
In Memory

Your list refers to a John Walter Beardsley died 30th April 1925, I believe you are in fact referring to my grandfather James Walter Beardsley who was killed by a roof fall on the 30th April 1925. I have the Workmen’s Compensation Act agreement setting out details of the sum agreed.

Walter Beardsley

 

 

 

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Beverley Hamilton
16 March 2013
Maurice Buckingham died 15 July 1948 at Babbington Colliery
In Memory

Dear Sir

I discovered your site today and was thrilled to find the information I have been seeking for some years.

I would be most grateful if you could direct me to any other sources that could give me more understanding of the incident. My family information is that Maurice Buckingham was the only one killed.

Many thanks

Beverley Hamilton

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Alan Mycock
16 March 2013
James Taylor - Oxcroft Colliery disaster 1919 - lived in the village of Shuttlewood
In Memory

Just a minor (pardon the pun) error regarding James Taylor, he lived in the village of Shuttlewood, a village situated about 2 miles north of Bolsover. 

My Grandfather also lived in Shuttlewood until his death in 1974. My Grandfather William Elliott lived at number 66 Chesterfield Road and was also a miner who worked at Oxcroft Colliery and also Bolsover colliery.

Regards,
Alan Mycock,
Perth, Western Australia.




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