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
-- 23 April 2018 --
In June 2107 I contacted you regarding the death of my uncle George Stanyard, at Whitwick Colliery. In fact his birth name was William George Stanyard, but always known as George.
I now have proof that he was in fact killed through a mining accident at the pit.
I have a copy of the inquest into his death.
The accident took place on the 16th of May 1962 and he died, aged 52, at Leicester Royal Infirmary on the 23rd of May.
The coroner has written for cause of death:-
'Stove in chest caused when he was hit by a tub whilst at his work underground at Whitwick Colliery in the tunnels'
I spoke to a Mr Anderson at Leicester Coroners Office and he said it was clear that although my uncle died in hospital his death was caused by a mining accident.
If you would like a copy of the inquest form I would only be too happy to supply it.
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