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EDGE GREEN - Garswood Hall No.9 Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire
Thanks To Ian Winstanley - After an email from Edna Booth

12th November, 1932 - Twenty Seven miners were killed - Page 9 - Emails
Ian

Shelagh - Thomas Lyons, age 20, was from Dam Lane, not Dan
Beryl Turner - My 17 Year Old Great Uncle, James Woolham, Was Killed In A Lancashire Pit Around 1902
Jeff Purcell - My great grandad, Christopher McBride, pulled bodies out of that pit
Norman Prior - I was a pupil at Bryn Gates Council School, at the time of the explosion
Tom Hughes - Funeral of Fred, my Grandfather and Herbert Hughes, my Uncle
Edna Booth - I think my dad, Henry Pennington, was involved in the Edge Green Explosion in 1932

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In Memory Herbert-HillShelagh
20 May 2017
Thomas Lyons, age 20, was from Dam Lane, not Dan

Hello

Garswood  Hall No. 9 Edge Green.

Thomas Lyons age 20 was from Dam Lane, not Dan.

My grandfather and his son also of Dam Lane, were among the rescuers granddad would have been age 50 and his son 24 at that time, my mother remembered this so clearly her father had worked in the pit all his life. He had been a first aid man when working  down the mines and was in the RAMC in WW 1.

Shelagh


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Beryl Turner
18 Aug 2014
My 17 Year Old Great Uncle, James Woolham, Was Killed In A Lancashire Pit Around 1902

Hi.
I wonder if you could help me my grandfather was killed in The New Boston Pit in Haydock, Lancashire in 1905 he had a son my great uncle James Woolham aged 17 years who was also killed in a pit but I don't know which one.

I am from a mining family my grandfathers and uncles were miners, I think James was killed before grandfather Thomas Woolham, I don't know where to search for information on James and wonder if you could help point me in the right direction.

Yours sincerely
Beryl Turner

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1901 Census

325 Millfield Lane, Haydock, Lancashire

  • Thomas Woolham - Head 40 – Coal labourer, below ground
  • Mary T Woolham - Wife 39
  • Elizabeth Woolham - 17– Pit Brow Girl, above ground
  • James Woolham - 14 – Pony Driver, below ground (Probably died within the year)
  • Alice Ann Woolham - 10
  • Cicily Woolham - 9
  • Thomas Woolham  - 5
  • Baby Girl born 31st Mar 1901

1911 Census

325 Millfield Lane, Haydock, Lancashire

  • Mary Woolham - 49 - Widow
  • Elizabeth Woolham - 27 Single - Domestic Servant Enlshouse
  • Alice Hannah Woolham - 20 - Married
  • Cicely Woolham - 19 - Single - Pit Brow Lass
  • Thomas Woolham - 15 - Pony Boy In Cola Pit
  • Eliza Woolham - 10 - Single
  • James Woolham - 9 - Single (Born after his brother died, probably about 1902)
  • John Makin - 36 - Boarder - Coal Miner, Hanlier

Information about Pit Brow Lasses - Ian Winstanley, on site

Information about Pit Brow Lasses - Dave Lane, External Link


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Jeff Purcell
11 October 2012
My great grandad, Christopher McBride, pulled bodies out of that pit

Hi my name is Jeff and I was reading your forum on the No 9 disaster. My great grandad was called Christopher McBride and he was involved in the rescues. He was awarded a silver pocket watch for pulling out the deceased's bodies and for those that he saved. The watch had his initials inscribed on it, also the date. I was given this watch by my Nan and up until ten years ago I kept the watch working. Unfortunately I got burgled and the watch was stolen, well gutted.

He was well known in Ashton as the ambulance man.

He is buried at St Oswalds in Ashton.

Regards Jeff


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Norman Prior
1 July 2011
I was a pupil at Bryn Gates Council School, at the time of the explosion

I was a pupil at Bryn Gates Council School, Bamfurlong Near Wigan at the time of the explosion and a young man had escaped by crawling along the tub rails to another shaft, I believe he was one of the Griffiths family from Bryn Gates. He was invited by the headmaster, John Woods, to tell of his experience and for young pupils like me it was quite fascinating listening to his story. Norman Prior

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Tom Hughes
30 September 2010
Funeral of Fred, my Grandfather and Herbert Hughes, my Uncle

Hi
My name is Thomas Herbert Hughes.
I have just come across your excellent site, could I please point out a mistake on picture 193 the caption reads "Edge Green Explosion 1932 Funeral of Fred and Herbert Green".

But should be "Funeral of Fred and Herbert Hughes"
I have the picture as Fred is my Grandfather and Herbert my uncle whom I am named after.

Regards
Tom Hughes


Sorted, thank you very much Tom

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Edna Booth
19 Feb 2010
I think my dad, Henry Pennington, was involved in the Edge Green Explosion in 1932

My dad was a pitman!  I know that one day he came up the shaft to find that there had been an explosion in another part of the pit.  He turned round, went back down with the Rescue Party.  My dad was a hero!  How many others would have got on their bikes and gone home?

I have a feeling the incident was the Edge Green Explosion in 1932, but I'm not sure.  I do know dad had a letter, which he kept until his death, when my mother binned it, from the then Prince of Wales (Edward, the un-crowned King) congratulating him on his bravery and fortitude.

Any lead you can give me to track down further information would be welcome!  I'm going to put in  my dad's name, Henry Pennington, to my search engine - but I doubt I'll find anything!

Edna Booth

--<19 Feb>--

I've been trawling the net since my e-mail and have discovered this Henry Pennington of Dane Street, Golborne is not my dad, who lived in Liverpool Road, Hindley.  The Golborne man was obviously one of the pitmen caught in the explosion.  But this did put me in mind of a tale from my childhood - my mother had at one time been erroneously informed of the death of my dad in a pit explosion.   I wonder if this was the incident. 

But if you put the stuff up on the site someone may come up with some information.



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