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Margaret nee Haywood - William Haywood Cadesby Mine Disaster
Rachel Horne - 410 lights on the refurbished, yet forgotten, slagheap of Cadeby Main Colliery
Elise Preston - Cadeby Main Disaster 1912
Darren Bailey - Cadeby Colliery Disaster 9-10th July 1912
John Doxey - King George V and Queen Mary visited
Timothy Coates - When did Arthur Lawrence Die Saving His Workmates at Cadeby Main Colliery?
Ian Winstanley - When did Arthur Lawrence Die Saving His Workmates at Cadeby Main Colliery?

Rachel Horne
Green Lights

In 2006 miners' strike baby and artist Rachel Horne placed 410 lights on the refurbished, yet forgotten, slagheap of Cadeby Main Colliery in Doncaster South Yorkshire. A monument of the colliery's 150 year long history, each light was a tribute to every worker that had died until the pit closed in 1986.

(Click here to see More about Rachel and the Campaign to Pin the Pits)

Elise Preston
11 February 2008
Cadeby Main Disaster 1912

Whilst looking through a book that was left to me by a great Aunt I found a very well-worn piece of paper with a poem about the Cadeby Main disaster. There is only a small portion in the middle of the poem that hasn't survived but I think the missing lines are:

Our Rescue Party, with courage so brave;
They gave their lives, their comrades to save.
Up from the Mine sad tidings were spread;
Only a few living, over eighty were dead.

I hope that this is of some use to you and your web page, I look forward to hearing from you

Kind regards
Elise Preston

“Cadeby Main, Disaster,”
July 9th 1912
Where over 80 men and Boys lost their Lives.

IN one of the beautiful Yorkshire vales,
There is an up-to-date Colliery called Cadeby Main;
A cry of deepest despair was heard,
As it went up to Heaven in the still night air,
Lord! Save our loved ones, or they will perish,
Give back to our arms the loved ones we cherish.

Look of their motive, deep love prompts the dead,
Our comrades are there, and wish to be freed;
Then for a time despair filled each manly breast,
We cried unto the Lord in earnest request,
To come to our aid in this awful distress,
To rescue the helpless, to comfort and bless.

Prompted by this, many arms were laid bare,
With purpose determined, to do and to dare;
Great crowds looked on in anxious suspense,
At this battle with death and. human defence.
But death in this contest was not driven back,
It struck down these Heroes at every inch of the track.

Our Rescue party, with courage so brave,
They gave their lives, their comrades to save.
Up from the Mine sad tidings were spread;
Only a few living, over eighty were dead!
The nation was roused, from Peasant to Queen,
For such self-devotion very rarely is seen.

In many a home tears of sadness were shed,
And many prayers were repeated beside the lonely bed;
Eyes filled with tears, tongues that could nor speak,
And sorrow is seen on many a pale cheek.
Wives looked for their husbands, the child for his dad,
Lasses for their sweethearts, the mother for her lad.

The King and Queen, God bless them, long may they reign,
They felt great compassion at all cries of pain;
They came down that day to know if success
Had crowned the efforts put forth in distress,
With deep affection their true Royal hearts,
Yearned for consolation and help to impart.

Thos. Hill
Wm Haywood

So farewell dear husband and father dear,
From this sad life of toil and care,
Let's hope to meet in Heaven above,
And re-unite in God own love;
Released from sorrow, sin and pain,
And freed from every care,

By angels hands to Heaven conveyed,
To rest for ever there.

The Rescue Party was faithful unto Death.

  From:  Margaret nee Haywood
Sent:    19 March 2010
Subject:re William Haywood Cadesby Mine Disaster

Hello, I have been researching my uncle Williams life and have found a poem on your site sent in by Elise Preston on 11 Feb 2008.  I wonder if you still have an address for her and if so whether you could let me have it or could you ask if she would mind you're giving it to me as I would very much like to contact her. 

Thomas Hill and William Haywood lived nearby one another and I would like to think that my William could have helped pen those words.

With many thanks

Margaret nee Haywood

I have tried contacting Elise but it looks like she has changed her email address

  From: Darren Bailey
Sent: 22 July 2006
Cadeby Colliery Disaster 9-10th July 1912

Hi there
My name is Darren whilst clearing out a garage recently as part of my job I came across an item regarding the Cadeby Colliery disaster, which I thought may be of interest to you.

The item is a homemade memorial picture laid out on a plywood background with a hand drawn floral border and it reads:-
In loving memory of the miners and the rescuers who lost their lives in this terrible explosion whilst the king and queen were on a visit to yorkshire.
It then lists names of the poor souls who lost their lives in this tragic disaster.
There is also a poem in the centre and a picture of the colliery.
I have attached a photo although not very clear with this e-mail.

Thankyou for taking the time to look at this item and look forward to hearing from you.

Darren Bailey

More reference to the Cadeby Colliery disaster can be found in:-
John Doxey's pages and
Ian Winstanley's page 29

I appear to have lost John's site

The Photos and information below are from the book "Around Rotherham" published by Budding Books Sutton Publishing Ltd and is copyright to Anthony P. Munford 1995.

In 1912 8th July King George V and Queen Mary visited Silverwood, during the visit the Queen had a ride on a Railway Trolley belonging to the Midland Railway.

For lots more information about Silverwood visit
John Doxey's site

During the visit to Silverwood an explosion occurred at Cadeby Colliery killing 88 men and boys. The King and Queen visited Cadeby the next day.

From: Mr Timothy Coates
Sent: 30 January 2007
When did Arthur Lawrence Die Saving His Workmates at Cadeby Main Colliery?

Dear Sir
I am forwarding a newspaper article of my great uncle , Arthur Lawrence, who died after allowing his workmates to escape a roof collapse at Cadeby Main Colliery. I think it might be from a local paper. I thought it might be of interest, however, I wondered if you could help and place a date for the accident. Regards. Tim Coates

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COLLIERS in cloth caps and mufflers and Coal Board officials in pin-stripe suits, crowded a tiny coroner’s court room, in Doncaster yesterday to pay tribute to the bravery of Arthur Lawrence.
And ‘18 - year - old Frank Lawrence heard Mr John Alford, a Board official, say of his 49-year-old colliery deputy father: —
“He died in the way he lived and worked—trying to do something for others.”
Arthur of Leslie Avenue, Conanby, had been working at the face at Cadeby Main Colliery when he saw a large stone about to fall from the roof. He shouted to his workmates— Peter Williams and Bernard Hampton - and then held the stone with his hands until they had moved to safety.
Then as he tried to move out of danger himself, the stone and part of the roof collapsed, trapping and severely injuring him. He died in hospital.

Said workmate Williams: “He saved the lives of me and my mate.”
Mr Jim Maiden, a union official, told the coroner, ‘Mr W. H. Carlile:
“I am speaking on behalf of all the men. I had known Arthur personally, for 26 years.
“He had always been right and just to everyone who worked with him. This action was typical of his unselfish attitude.”
Verdict: Accidental Death.
Afterwards Mr Eric Lockett, area general secretary, of the National Association of Colliery Overmen Deputies and Shotfirers, said: “I shall make known his bravery to the highest quarters.”

Ian Winstanley's
Scrap Book

Cadeby Colliery Disaster rememberance card 1912

Pit Terminology - Glossary


The Disaster
9th July 1912


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