The data in this document is mainly taken from small items in newspapers noted whilst researching colliery deaths. Some is from individual colliery records in the Nottinghamshire Archives. The most comprehensive detail comes from the admission records of the Hospital held at the Kings Meadow Campus of Nottingham University. These are under a one hundred year release embargo starting with 1904 admissions until 1911, the next year available 1912 starts on January 1, 2013. These records are the most comprehensive of all that I have found, giving admission- discharge dates, death date if applicable, name, age, address, occupation and pit or company employed by. The only thing not given is how the injury occurred, so it is possible that some injuries may have a non - work cause. I have included in this section operations for Cartledge damage, not an individual accident but a result of continued kneeling at work. I have excluded hernia operations, though common amongst miners through lifting and strains. It is difficult to prove the condition was solely due to work as non - mining groups suffered from the complaint. Nottingham General Hospital treated mining patients from all over the county and Derbyshire even after local hospitals were in use. I assume that this was due to the expertise of the hospital staff in treating mining injuries, and the severity of the injuries incurred. In1897 the Cedars Hospital came into use as a convalescent unit and hundreds of miners received further treatment of their injuries at this site.
In 1917 during World War One, Ellerslie House on Gregory Boulevard was opened as a special unit for paralysed soldiers and sailors. Within a few years, as less service personal needed treatment, it became a unit for all spinal injuries, a large proportion of its patients were coalminers from several counties. Many of the men named in this work were treated there, some remaining under treatment for many years.
Hundreds of the men named were impaired for life as a result of their accidents, loss of limbs, blinded, crippled and paralysed. Truly coalmining as an industry found more ways to kill and injure its employees than any other.
I have corrected known errors when found, but as with all newspaper reporting these can be legion, even official documents are not immune, so it is possible errors remain for which I apologise.
Alan Beales October 2012.