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Page 1 - The Mines Rescue Service was founded after the Coal Mines Act of 1911. The Act required the setting up of a rescue organisation to serve coal mines

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The Mapperley Team Derbyshire - 1918
( Hopefully the names are in the right order if Hovering over faces)

M.Hancock, T. Hartshorn and C.Robinson (Captain).
S.Bratley (Instructor, superintendent at Ilkeston Mines Rescue station from 1916 to 1924) 
G.H. Martin (Assistant Instructor), C. White (Vice Captain), G.Pritchett and G.B.Hollingsworth

North Mids Mines Rescue
North Midland Mines Rescue from Alan Sarson

Arthur Back - G. Shooter, G.W.Brackner, D. H. Bishop, W. Bellamy
Front - J. Topley, Arthur Syson (1st Officer), C. Johnson (instructor), W. Lane (2nd Officer), J. Fretwell

Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station

Superintendant Hutchinson, middle back row, in uniform. From 1909


Babbington Colliery No 1 Rescue Team (c. 1911)

On one of their training days at Mansfield Woodhouse Rescue Station, Superintendant Hutchinson third from left.

The miner on the right, seated, is John Thomas Rigley. He was My Grandfather Val Canning

West Hallam Miners Rescue Team No.2. C1920

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Sent in by Anthony Hall, grandson of Frank John Hall, far right.

If anyone viewing this can supply any further information, we would love to hear from you.

Thanks to Mapperley History for the above information

Mansfield Mines Rescue Station

MansfieldMansfield Mines Rescue Station. Superintendant Hutchinson third from left. Early rescue work was left to volunteers like the St John's Ambulance Brigade which miners were encouraged to join.



Manner's Road Rescue Station, Ilkeston 1930
(Thanks to Charlie Snarski)

Mines Rescue Station, Ilkeston

The picture is titled
"Mines Rescue Station, Ilkeston"
"A Mixed Team", but not dated.


Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station 1940s

Les Calladine's Diaries



Unfortunately I do not know anyone
on this photo


Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station 1940s

Les Calladine's Diaries


Bill Scattergood and Don Roberts

1st officer, Albert Bonser- Superintendent, Arthur Syson - 2nd Officer, William Scattergood


The BBC Programme, 'Down Your Way'
Visited Ilkeston (1950/51?)

One of the ports of call was the
Mines Rescue Station.


1959, the 'YOUNG ONES'

Back, Ray Davis
Left to Right, John Dixon, Harry Meakin, Terry Astle


70K picture

Mr. Edwards recalled that Ilkeston Rescue Station was the first he visited, in pre-nationalization days, when he was secretary to the North Midlands Colliery Owners Rescue Station Co.

(For more info click here)


Coal Outlook is Brighter

N.C.B. chief tells Rescue workers.

Philip Healey, 3rd from right


Eventually the big yellow van appeared on the scene.

The first van where they could sit down to get changed.


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The Team includes:-
Rod Harris, Billy Gemmell, Neil Watson, Charlie Snarski, Ian Grady, Rab Willis, Pete Sharkey, Derrick Leech, Paul Bullivant, George Elkin, Neil Webster, Derek Archibald, David Foreman, Tommy Clark.

George Brock, Gordon Sloper, George Shields, Tommy Casson, Mick Donnelly.

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Helen Foreman
4 Oct 2015
Mystery Man On Photo
Gedling picking table
David Foreman

My dad is David Foreman, and I am emailing in regards to the photo on your website with the rescue team infront of the yellow rescue van. The photo contains people such as Mick Donnelly, Charlie Snarski, Pete Sharky and George Brock. My dad thinks he knows who the man on the front row, second from the left, in between George Brock and George Sheilds is. He thinks it is a man called Gordon Sloper, an assistant superintendent, who came to Ilkeston from the North West district. He would love to hear back from you regarding this.

Kind regards
Helen Foreman

Sent from my iPhone

Patrick Robertson
30 Apr 2017

Hi Fionn, ref, email above, from Helen Foreman, I can confirm that the gentleman in question is definitely Gordon Sloper, I think Gordon returned to llkeston when Wincales rescue station closed, around May 1986.



Laura Bullivant
9 Mar 2015
Laura Bullivant - Ilkeston Mines Rescue - My Dad, Paul Bullivant


PaulMy name is Laura Bullivant. My dad worked at Ilkeston Rescue Station in the 70s and 80s. His name is Paul Bullivant (not Boulevant as per the website, sorry, sorted now). I have lots of memories of the station and the families there, lots of happy memories. I remember visiting the 'canary man' and feeding them (totally unaware of their true purpose!), the station parties and visits by Father Christmas, the allotments and Sundays on Victoria Park with the whole of the rescue community.

I now live in Hampshire, but mum and dad live in Nottingham and have photos of the station if you would like me to send you copies. I am also a museum and heritage professional and would be happy to offer you any support in terms of advise / consultation as it seems you are trying it build a heritage collection. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Kind regards

Neil Williams
02 April 2012
Mines Rescue Photo - Derrick Leech

KellingleyHi there

With regards to the above photograph The Rescue Man on the back row next to Pete Sharkey is Derrick Leech, he currently works with me at Kellingley Rescue Station we are both Rescue Officers

Hope this helps

Neil Williams

Mines Rescue Officer

Kellingley Training Centre is within easy access of the M62 and A1. There is ample free parking on this secured site.
Facilities include five training rooms some being fully air conditioned.