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Life on Station

Mines Rescue

Les Calladine's Diary
Les Calladine started work at Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station on Monday 24th October 1938 on 3 months probation. He had free rent, coal and lighting together with £2.16/- a week, but he had to give his boss 10/- for shoes. On passing his probation period Les received an extra 15/- a week.
'You have our gratitude' NCB official tells rescue workers. Presentation Of Long Service Awards.
YOUR work commands the respect and the gratitude of all of us in this industry, from the Divisional Board to the newest recruit," said Mr. R. V. Edwards, Finance Director to the East Midlands Division of the National Coal Board.
Eric Minard Eric MinardEric Minard - Ilkeston Mines Rescue Brigadesman
Charles Snarski
Eric Minard Charles Snarski - Ilkeston Mines Rescue Brigadesman.

All men working in or under the Brigade are to conform Strictly to the Rules and Regulations which may from time to time be issued by the General Manager.

Family Life
Life on the station
Miners Welfare Camp at Skeggy
Wales - underconsrtuction
Philip's Hobbies

Coal Outlook is brighter, NCB chief tells rescue workers
MINES rescue workers attached to Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station from collieries in No. 5 and 6 Area of the East Midlands Division of the N.C.B. heard cheering news on Friday night from Mr. N. Fricker, O.B.E., Divisional Marketing Director. "Things are brighter-much brighter," he told them.
When Percy got up to his monkey tricks and went out on a Saturday night spree
Percy's monkey business might have had a more tragic ending if it had not been for Phil Healey, who pulled him down from a rooftop in Manor Road.
12th Ilkeston Rescue Station Win Wynne Shield For Billiards
For the l2th time in 30 years the Ilkeston Rescue Station won the Wynne Billiards Shield for East Midland Division Stations of the National Coal Board, this year, and formally received it at a tea and social at the Mines Rescue Station, Manners-road, last week.
Wages What did living in a mines rescue family mean, financially?
A life tied to the station 6.5 days a week and on twenty four hour call. You could almost guarantee they would be called out at Christmas and New Year, because the pits were empty, no maintenance was being carried out and gasses built up.
Richard Dimbleby 'Down Your Way' Visits Ilkeston Mines Rescue
The BBC Programme, 'Down Your Way' Visited Ilkeston (1950/51?) One of the ports of call was the Mines Rescue Station
Working on the Station
Ernest James
1946 - Life at Chesterfield Mines Rescue
Miners Welfare Holiday Camp in Skegy The Miners Saluted On Pay
When the union chief saw the miners on pay parade he got a shock. They were SALUTING for their money. So the union chief told the Coal Board. They were shocked too. And now the saluting business has been stopped.

I need more information. This site started off as Philip's scrap book but it is now expanding. As is so often the case we did not get enough information from Philip while he was alive. I need more information, stories and pictures so that those interested can find out more about the mining industry in the UK, what it was like to be a miner what it was like to live in a mining family, or as in Philip's case a mines rescue family.