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Les Calladine

Ilkeston Mines Rescue - Diaries

See also:-


 

Les Calladine's Diaries

Also
'Diary of a Collier'
Desmond Lemon, upon becoming a collier at Selston Colliery.

The 'diaries' pertain generally to his time spent working on Ilkeston Miners Rescue Station.

 

Winner of the Darts Cup

Started Rescue Station on Monday 24th October 1938 on 3 months probation at £2.16.0 a week inclusive of free rent, coal and lighting. Gave Boss 10/- for shoes.
15/- increase in wages from 31st October with back pay.


5th December 1939 - Ripley Pit.
Boss
W. Scattergood
W. Morriss
A. Goddard
A. Sheffield
Les Calladine

Went to Ripley Pit to explore old workings.
50yds from base found Black damp. Roadways rough travelling with falls all over them causing blocks.
Wearing dress exactly 3½ hours. Just had time to get out, pulling for air.

 


18th December 1939 - Don Roberts started.


6th August 1940
Britain Pit.

A. Bonser
J. Duffield
Harry Astle
A. Goddard
Les Havill
Les Calladine
Mansfield Team present.

Approx 2% of CH4 (methane) was found at base. Body was found on face. Face of man was on belt. Electric lamp was switched off and oil lamp extinguished. Powder tin on floor at side of him. Found lamp of one man 30yds from face at side of tool box, possibly lamp of other man who got out before we arrived. The deputy had been dead for several hours as he was stiff when found.
A.Goddard hurt his side and could not carry - thought we might have to put him on the stretcher at one point.

18th December 1940
New Selston.
Boss
A. Bonser
J. Duffield
A. Goddard
A. Sheffield
Don Roberts
Harry Astle
Les Havill
Les Calladine

 

 

Call to say deputy (A. Lakin) had been gassed.
Filled up on surface. Ran in approx 2 miles with apparatus on back, stretcher and reviver. Manager taken the lead. When we got to fresh air base we were all breathing heavy. Goddard fell out so we put our mouthpieces in and the Boss put Goddard's dress on. Started in and Boss tumbled down, we waited a few minuets and started off but he fell again so we left him behind. Proceeded 800yds up gate, came to face and crawled approx 70 to 80 yds up to the face and found deputy on his back. Applied reviver and he came round gradually. Detonators were all over the floor so Bonser put them in the tin. When we came back to the gate end we met Boss. He took his dress off and then found out that the filling cap was loose. He said it had not been screwed on.
We did exceedingly well and also gave treatment to the under manager who had been in with smoke helmet and got a good dose of fire damp.
Astle and Havill stopped on the pit top.

30th March 1941
Cotes Park Colliery.

Boss
Don Roberts
Harry Astle
Les Havill
J. Duffield
A. Sheffield
Perry

 


Brigade turned out at 4.15am with fire engine to pump water. Returned at about 10.15am.


8th May 1941 (Thursday) - Dance at Station, tea and whist drive. All had a good time. Won first prize at billiards.

22nd May 1941 - Don Roberts driving practice around Park.

4th & 5th June 1941 - Don Roberts and Harry Astle driving practice around Park.

1st September 1941 - Don Roberts driving practice with Commer so Harry Astle had to scrub plant room for him.

4th October 1941 (Saturday) - wireless installed on station £16.18.6d


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