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Alan Entombed



Entombed

Whenever disaster has struck a British colliery, the tales of the heroism of the rescuers who saved survivors and recovered the dead are truly remarkable. Men who were united in a common humanitarian purpose, sadly a great many of the rescuers became victims themselves. Society began recognising their bravery with the introduction of Medals for the outstanding deeds they performed. The Albert Medal was introduced for the military in 1866 and for others in 1867; a specific award for Industrial bravery, the Edward medal was awarded from July 1907 with a total of 395 individuals honoured, 77 in silver and 381 in bronze though some were for mines abroad overseas territories of the British Empire.

The aftermath of whatever the calamity, be it explosion, fire, inundation of water, or shaft damage often left the underground workings in a dangerous condition where it was necessary to seal off the affected areas or even flood the mine with water. When that decision was taken it meant that unrecovered victims remained where they died sometimes not being found for months or years, the following were never recovered and remain entombed

in the West Stanley pit County Durham, it was not until twenty six years later, in March 1933 the last two victims were found.

 All the information given is available on other sites this is an attempt to correlate them on one site.

The following data is of those who were never found and remain where they died.


In Memory
In Memory
In Memory
In Memory

Known Victims Of Disasters Or Accidents
Whose Bodies Were Never Recovered
And Remain Entombed Forever

 

 


Lumley Colliery, County Durham
11th Oct 1790

Explosion Of Gas - 39 Reported Killed
Only 19 Names Known

Name

Age

George Liddle

26

William Liddle

24

Martin Dunn

61

John Dunn

34

William Crosby

36

Thomas Crosby

19

John Crosby

18

Mathew Grafton

21

John Grafton

19

Ralph Younger

15

William Smith

20

Martin Smith

u/k

William Dixon

17

Thomas Grey

30

Thomas Grey

11

Thomas Humble

26

George Humble

15

Edward Humble

23

Robert Anderson

63

 


Fire Engine, Neath, Glamorgan
12th May 1795

Explosion - 20 Reported Killed
No Names Given
Pit sealed off


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