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A Comprehensive History Of Mining In The Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire And Leicestershire Coalfields - Page 38

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Maureen Walters - Donald M. J. Gill killed at Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery 1956 aged 50
Beverley Croasdell - My Uncle George Stanyard was Killed at Whitwick Pit in Either 1962 or 1963
Mike Earnshaw - Cotmanhay Colliery 1848-1880

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Maureen Walters
24 Jun 2017
Donald M. J. Gill killed at Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery 1956 aged 50

Hi Robert,

Maureen Walters posted in Britains Collieries And Pit Disasters.

I was at Felkirk Cemetery today transcribing the graves and came across this one - Donald M. J. GILL killed at Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery 16th Feb 1956 age 50 (his wife Alice lives another 40 years Dec 10th 1991 age 82).

Would anyone know if this was a singular accident or were others sadly involved? thanksanother query. I was at Felkirk Cemetery today transcribing the graves and came across this one - Dona..."


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Beverley Croasdell
12 Jun 2017
My Uncle George Stanyard was Killed at Whitwick Pit in Either 1962 or 1963

Hi
Enjoyed looking at the website, my family were from Whitwick and a lot of my relatives worked at Whitwick Pit.

My uncle George Stanyard was killed at the pit in either 1962 or 1963. I remember being at Whitwick Primary School, (I was either 10 or 11 years old) the school based at the marketplace when the pit whistle went. We all knew that it was the wrong time and it didn't stop and knew an accident had occurred.

I was fetched from school to be told my Uncle George had been in an accident and taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, he died about two days later.

I'm told he was killed when a coal truck was dispatched without warning and he was between trucks coupling them up. He was crushed between the trucks.

It was an impressive funeral the whole village was there and the main road closed for the cortege, which was led by a brass band.

The accident was reported in the Coalville Times and the Leicester Mercury.

If you want any other information please contact me
Regards
Bev Croasdel


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12 Jun 2017
Cotmanhay Colliery 1848-1880
G’Day from Sydney, Australia

I have been Googling for a while for more in depth information on mining in the Derbyshire area, however, the tyranny of distance makes it difficult to know which search lead to follow as the most accurate, I was hoping you could help?

Background:
My family appears to have moved from the Ilkeston/Cotmanhay area between the 1871 and 1881 census. In the former they appear at “Trumpet Yard” in Ilkeston and in the later at Bolton-on-Dearne in Yorkshire. They were all colliers and their birth records seem to show they were born in Cotmanhay. (I’m unsure, in that period of time, whether Cotmanhay and Ilkeston where separate locations. Google maps today seems to suggest Cotmanhay is a suburb of Ilkeston). Internet searching indicates Cotmanhay Colliery operated between 1848-1880 (and there was an accident in 1870, not sure of any others) … but there also appears to be many collieries in the area.

Therefore on the surface, it appears logical for a family to move for work if a colliery was shutting down.

Aside from this, the census records appear to suggest the surname has changed from (H)Enshaw to Earnshaw over a period of 40 years. The mother/father/children/age patterns are fairly consistent at the same addresses but the surname changes …

Questions:
1. Can you comment on the collieries in the Ilkeston area (there appears to be so many) - especially with a possibility to supporting the belief of a family move for employment
2. Can you point to any definitive lists of colliery employees during this time period … may show their residential address? (There are at least two William Henshaw/ wife Ellen in the Cotmanhay area, with a son Elijah (one born 1836 the other 1840) that would allow me to narrow down which William I may have to follow
3. What/where was “Trumpet Yard”

Many thanks in advance.

Kind Regards

Mike Earnshaw


Cotmanhay is mentioned in the following pages:-

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