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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1986
1988

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1986 - Page 5


Whitwick Closed After 162 Years
- Continued -


Fatal Accidents And Incidents Etc Whitwick:

whitwick 1898
Whitwick Colliery Disaster1898
There was a disaster at Whitwick in 1898 on 19th April when 35 men and boys perished underground due to a fire.

A huge crowd gathered at the pithead awaiting news of either the dead or survivors.

On Monday 18th April 1898 the day shift had finished work and had left the pit by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The night Deputy Joseph Limb descended Whitwick No5 shaft and made his examination prior to the night shift workers coming on at 9pm.

Forty men made their way inbye in the Upper Main seam at 249 yards (227.7m) deep past the area known to have gob fires behind a stopping. Smoke was discovered at about 3am and large volumes in the main intake were found to be coming from the stoppings and that wooden bars and props were alight.

The Deputy sent a boy with his pony to alert men on 88s bank. However the fire had now got a hold and props and bars were burning fiercely and there were falls of ground making it impossible to reach the men trapped inbye. 5 men had successfully struggled through the fire in the intake roadway and escaped.

All the Colliery Managers from nearby collieries were sent for as well as the HMI and discussions were made by looking at the colliery seam plans as to what action to take. Reluctantly stoppings were erected to seal off the fire.

On Thursday the air current underground was reversed and search parties again tried to penetrate the workings.

9 bodies were found and brought out but the remaining bodies had to be left due to the increasing dangers to the rescue parties. No attempt was ever made to breach the stoppings and recover the bodies.

The Following Perished Due To Smoke Inhalation

  • William Belcher (36)
  • Thomas Berristow (45)
  • William Bostock (47)
  • William Bradshaw (63)
  • James Brooks (30)
  • Charles Bradford Clamp (27)
  • William Davies (26)
  • James Davies (28) (father of Jim Davies (1489) who was to become Undermanager at Teversal (Nottinghamshire) 1942-1958)
  • Edward Edwards (27)
  • John Elliott (40)
  • James Evans (57)
  • Albert Gee (15)
  • William Gresley (68)
  • Joe King (30)
  • Albert Edward Limb (20)
  • John Moore (46)
  • William C Moore (30)
  • Pat O’Hara (45)
  • William Percival (28)
  • John William Platts (23)
  • John Richards (29)
  • Joseph Shaw (21)
  • John Skellington (31)
  • Leslie Smith (24)
  • Lewis Smith (24)
  • Henry Springthorpe (45)
  • Sam Stacey (30)
  • William Stacey (22)
  • Thomas Timpson (30)
  • John William Tugby (16)
  • Jacob Whyatt (41)
  • James Whyatt (35)
  • Benjamin Wileman (46)
  • Joe Wilson (43)
  • James Wright (?)

Fatal Accidents Continued

  • Isaac Ward fell down the shaft 8/3/1833
  • Thomas Read (12) fell down the shaft 18/1/1838
  • John Fawcett fall of roof athe face 24/1/1839
  • Benjamin Pickering (12) fall of roof 9/4/1839
  • William How (?) fall of roof on 19/9/1841, died 20/9/1841
  • Vincent Kirkham (39) fall of roof 6/11/1841
  • Thomas Webster fall of roof 9/11/1841
  • William Smith fall of roof 3/12/1842
  • Jonathan Parker (10) crushed his arm 7/6/1847, died from his injuries 21/6/1847
  • Thomas Hall fall of roof 16/11/1849
  • J Middleton (12) run over by tubs 17/11/1858
  • J Wright (27) fall of roof 24/9/1859
  • John Stanyard (20) fall of roof 24/1/1862
  • Joseph Braddock (40) and Joseph Robinson (14) both killed by a fall of roof 4/3/1863
  • Thomas West (17) crushed by tubs 25/8/1863
  • Joseph Felstead (20) fall of roof 18/3/1864
  • Joseph Gamble (30) fall of roof 16/9/1864
  • Thomas Blockley (?) run over by tubs 14/12/1864
  • Richard Hewitt (35) fall of roof 3/7/1865
  • William Holt (23) fall at a ripping lip 1/8/1869
  • Thomas Morton (37) fall of roof 15/3/1870
  • Edward Newbold (26) run over by tubs 9/5/1871
  • William Simpson (36) fall of roof 8/8/1871
  • George Blockley (27) fall of roof 5/10/1871
  • William Haff (52) fall of roof 28/11/1871
  • Charles Perry (17) fall of coal ?/6/1871, died from his injuries 30/12/1871
  • Frederick Mansfield (16) kicked by a pony 19/1/1875
  • John Hawkesworth (21) caught in machinery 12/11/1875
  • John Grogan (22) fall of roof 27/11/1875
  • Joseph Hind (30) fall of coal 9/10/1877
  • Sam Bartram (21) fall of roof at the coal face 27/5/1880
  • John Sharp (33) explosion of firedamp 27/9/1881
  • Mathew Wright (52) crushed by tubs on the surface 30/4/1883
  • Joseph Henson (15) crushed by tubs 31/10/1884
  • Henry Chambers (28) 2/3/1885
  • Edward Fawkes (56) fall in a roadway at the lip 24/7/1875
  • John Monaghan (56) fall of roof 17/10/1887
  • Robert Cooke (50) 16/6/1889
  • Peveril Commons (17) and Alfred Thomas Gardner (16) both killed by an explosion of firedamp in No6 pit 11/2/1893
  • Tom Partridge (15) No5 pit caught in machinery 9/4/1894
  • Albert Gilbert (20) No6 pit fall of coal at the face 29/11/1898
  • Herbert Gill (14) No6 pit, hit by haulage rope 29/1/1900
  • James Twigger (17) No5 pit, crushed by tubs 14/6/1901
  • Martin Joseph O’Mara (13) No5 pit, crushed by tubs 16/10/1901
  • William Moore (32) No2 pit, run over by a wagon on the surface 5/11/1901
  • John Henry Stanyard (17) No2 pit scalded by water on the surface 5/12/1902
  • Joseph White (18) some coal fell down the No2 pit shaft and struck him 9/11/1903
  • Joseph Fewkes (18) No6 pit, burnt by brattice that was on fire 23/8/1904, died 2/9/1904
  • Harry Randall (20) fall of roof 23/2/1905
  • Edward Woodhouse (49) fall of roof 26/11/1907
  • John Clarke (49) No6 pit, fall of roof 30/7/1908
  • Samuel Ernest Bettison (15) No6 pit, kicked by a pony on 9/12/1908, died 18/12/1908
  • Samuel Eggington fall of roof 6/1/1923
  • William Henry Belcher crushed by the cage 4/5/1925
  • Walter Ernest Sharman (47) fall of roof 3/7/1930
  • Charles Bradley (47) fall of roof 15/8/1930
  • James Wardle fall of roof 15/9/1930, died 9/10/1930
  • Herbert Moore fall of coal 1/11/1930
  • George Henry Jessop (44) fall of roof 3/6/1932
  • Joseph Robinson (52) injured his hand on 2/12/1936 and died on ?/5/1936
  • Thomas Andrews (17) fell from the headstocks on the surface 1/5/1941
  • Ernest Hawksley (33) Assistant Chief Electrician, Whitwick Colliery. Fatally injured on 27th February, 1942, when crushed by a falling cable which was being lowered into a shaft prior to installation; control of the lowering process was lost.
  • Bev William George Stanyard. (52) Crushed by tubs 16/5/1962, died Leicester Royal Infirmary 23/5/1962
  • Ronald Fortnam fell from a high building on the surface 24/1/1963.

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