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Eric Scattergood was brought up on Ilkeston Mines Rescue station. Both his father, William (Bill) Scattergood and his uncle Donald (Don) Gordon Robert were stationed there.

Bill Scattergood, Nov 28th 1922
Don Roberts
Don Roberts (See Fauld Disaster
and The Wynne Shield)

Before Bill was married he lived, with one other, in a flat above the main building. Around 1920 a rescue house was vacated and he was able to move into 9 Manners Ave with his new wife. They stayed there until in the mid 1930s he was promoted to 2nd Officer and was moved to number 4 Rescue Station, Manners Road. In the late 30s Bill was again promoted, he became First Officer (Assistant Superintendent) and remained First Officer until 1945. Being now 45, the compulsory age for retirement, Bill had to leave.

Don Roberts took over from Bill, as First Officer, before leaving to became Superintendent at Ashby De La Zouch Mines Rescue Station.

Ian Scattergood


Others That Eric Remembers


Seated Left to Right
1st officer, Albert Bonser
- Superintendent, Arthur Syson - 2nd Officer, William Scattergood

Early 1930s Superintendent
2nd Officer
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Mr Collin? Johnson
Willis Hart
Mr Tasker
Ted? Smith
Harry Astle
Mid 1930s

Superintendent
1st Officer
2nd Officer
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Brigadesman

Arthur Syson
Albert Bonser
William Scattergood
Albert Sheffield
Mr Tasker
Les Calladine
Ted? Smith
Harry Astle
Don Roberts
Albert Goddard

Late 1930s
to 1945
Superintendent
1st Officer
2nd Officer
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Brigadesman
Mechanic and driver
Followed by

Arthur Syson
William Scattergood
Don Roberts
Albert Sheffield

Arthur Clark
Teddy Pearcey
Charles Gutteridge
Les Havill

A 10 minute film was made in 1937 about life on a Mines Rescue Station (Ilkeston) and was shown in the "News Theatre" Parliament Square, Nottingham. It was a silent film with a dubbed commentary and Eric managed his 5 seconds, of glory, on the big screen.




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