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Gresford Colliery Wrexham - Denbighshire - 22nd September, 1934
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Memorial - Those Who Died
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(Information from Durham Mining Museum Website)

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Steve Bellis - Are You Aware Of This? Proposed Fracking Site, Miners Graves To Be Desecrated At Gresford
Evan Jones - My Grandfather, William Jones, was a survivor of the Gresford Disaster

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Steve Bellis
30 Nov 2014
Are You Aware Of This? Proposed Fracking Site, Miners Graves To Be Desecrated At Gresford

255 Miners graves about to be desecrated in North Wales by IGas Energy PLC? this is disgusting and needs stopping now.

Wrexham Council planning refused permission to drill a test hole but the Welsh Government inspector, Clive Nield and Chief Planner/Deputy Director Rosemary Thomas overturned the decision.

The proposed Fracking site is in the same vicinity where 266 Coal Miners lost their lives in the Gresford Colliery disaster on 22nd September 1934. The remains of 255 miners still remain in the ground.

The fracking operation will inject a toxic cocktail of chemicals into the ground in order to extract the very gas that killed the miners. The gas will be extracted from the lungs of dead miners for profit. This cannot be allowed to happen. The Welsh government have overturned the wishes of the local people and have shown no regard for the memory of the miners.

There is currently a peaceful protest against Fracking and they have recently been served with an eviction notice. It looks like even the North Wales Police will be complicit in the desecration.

What has the world come to when respect and dignity cannot be afforded to the miners and families of the miners who lost their lives?

The Welsh Government, bailiffs, Clive Nield, Rosemary Thomas, owner of Common wood Farm are all complicit in planning to desecrate the miners graves. We cannot allow this to happen. For common decency we need to act now to stop this. My God what message does this send out to our children and the rest of the world?

I do not see much in the media about this, so if you are a reporter, get reporting the real issues.

S W Bellis.


The graves of hundreds of miners killed in one of the UK's worst pit tragedies could be desecrated if controversial drilling plans go ahead, campaigners say.

Up to 255 victims of the 1934 Gresford Colliery disaster lie underground in a mass tomb close to where Dart Energy want to drill for coal bed gas.

But the move has outraged relatives of the dead in Wrexham, North Wales, who have branded the idea "disgusting".

And angry neighbours say any drilling or fracking ? using high-pressure water jets to extract fuel from rock ? near to the burial site would be an insult.

GP Energy, a subsidiary of Dart, was refused permission to drill by Wrexham Council, but the Welsh Assembly overturned that ruling.

Mining Disaster at Gresford CollieryHard wait: Mining disaster at Gresford Colliery September 1934 as crowds anxiously waiting for news at the pit head The company could start work at any time, but face protests from campaigners who were this week on the verge of eviction by bailiffs from their camp on the farmland site.

Dart Energy insist their drilling will take place one kilometre away from the bodies, but many locals want a five-mile exclusion zone around the site.

Steve Bellis, 52, whose granddad worked in a neighbouring mine, said: "The gas will be extracted from the lungs of dead miners for profit.

"This cannot be allowed to happen. The Welsh Government have overturned the wishes of the local people and have shown no regard for the memory of the miners.

"What has the world come to when respect and dignity cannot be afforded to the miners and families of the miners who lost their lives?"

The 80th anniversary of the Gresford pit disaster ? which claimed the lives of 266 miners ? was marked two months ago.

Only 11 bodies were ever recovered ? the others lie deep below the surface, along with the wrecked pit site.

CHRIS NEILL/MAVERICKBuried MinersTragedy: Buried miners
The colliery reopened in January 1936 and finally closed in November 1973.

Ruby McBurney, 83, was only three when her dad William Crump, 36, perished in the disaster.

The retired nurse and mum-of-five said: "It would be very insensitive to run a business close to all these graves.

"We want a five-mile exclusion zone for any work close to the graves.

"The disaster was devastating for the community. It would be very wrong to put all this machinery on such a poignant spot."

CHRIS NEILL/MAVERICKRUBY McBURNEYAnger: Ruby McBurney
Retired reverend David Griffiths, 76, lost two great-uncles in the tragedy.

He said: "I worked down that pit. There would be a lot of upset if any fracking or drilling went ahead."

If underground gas suitable for extraction is found after test drilling, there could be further planning applications to get the gas out.

A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "Whilst oil and gas licensing is a matter for the UK government, there is a strong regulatory framework in place which requires a developer to obtain all the necessary consents and licences before any hydraulic fracturing can take place."

A spokesman for Dart Energy, which is based in Stirling, Scotland, said: "Our drilling will be one kilometre from the Gresford mine workings.

"The idea that we will be drilling into where bodies are buried is incorrect."


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Evan Jones
12 February 2013
My Grandfather, William Jones, was a survivor of the Gresford Disaster

Hi,
Been reading your very interesting page about the Gresford Disaster.?My Grandfather, William Jones, was a survivor of the disaster having been in a different part of the mine at the time of the explosion.?Typically, he died from injuries sustained in an 'everyday' mine accident a few years later.?

I have no idea whether the William Jones in your article is the same man, it's not an uncommon name I think there were another two William Jones' that died in the Dennis section for example, but it's interesting and I wondered if you could tell me where the quote below came from?

" Mr. William Jones, a rescue worker and one of the most experience miners at the pit said:-
"I have just come back from facing a wall of flame through which we can not break. At the moment there are 100 men in the fire fighting party near the main shaft. We made little progress. We attacked the fire with fire extinguishers and by throwing sand against the flames. We were able to advance about twenty yards but we could go no further. We came across a number of bodies and sent them up."

Thanks!

Evan


This will have come from the Inquest or Newspaper articles of the time. Links to the articles

The two William Jones who died:- 1 was aged 51, occupation haulage, he lived at 16 Lorne Street, Rhosddu.
The 2nd William Jones, was aged 21, a filler, and he lived at 2 Lloyd Street, Rhosllannerchrugog


Newspaper Articles (Information from Durham Mining Museum Website)

28 Sep 1934   Explosion at a North Wales Colliery, Loss of 264 lives (The Colliery Guardian)
05 Oct 1934   The Gresford Colliery Explosion, Relief Measures (The Colliery Guardian)
05 Oct 1934   Gresford Colliery Explosion, Date of Inquiry Fixed (The Colliery Guardian)
19 Oct 1934   Gresford Colliery Explosion, Splendid response to appeals (The Colliery Guardian)
26 Oct 1934   Gresford Colliery Explosion, Official Inquiry Opened (The Colliery Guardian)
02 Nov 1934   Gresford Colliery Explosion, The Official Inquiry (The Colliery Guardian)
09 Nov 1934   Gresford Colliery Explosion (The Colliery Guardian)
16 Nov 1934   Gresford Colliery Explosion (The Colliery Guardian)
16 Nov 1934   Notes from the Coal Fields, Administration of Gresford Funds (The Colliery Guardian)
23 Nov 1934   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales, Gresford Colliery Reopening Decision (The Colliery Guardian)
23 Nov 1934   Gresford Colliery Explosion (The Colliery Guardian)
30 Nov 1934   Gresford Colliery Explosion, Resumed Inquiry (The Colliery Guardian)
30 Nov 1934   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales, Position of Gresford Relief Fund (The Colliery Guardian)
07 Dec 1934   The Gresford Explosion, The Official Inquiry (The Colliery Guardian)
07 Dec 1934   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales, Preparations for Descent at Gresford Colliery (The Colliery Guardian)
07 Dec 1934   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales, Position of the Gresford Relief Fund (The Colliery Guardian)
14 Dec 1934   The Gresford Explosion, Technical Evidence (The Colliery Guardian)
14 Dec 1934   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales, Gresford Colliery Disaster: Inquest Adjourned (The Colliery Guardian)
21 Dec 1934   The Gresford Explosion, Inquiry Adjourned (The Colliery Guardian)
12 Jul 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
19 Jul 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
26 Jul 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
02 Aug 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
09 Aug 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
16 Aug 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
23 Aug 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
13 Sep 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
20 Sep 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
27 Sep 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
04 Oct 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
11 Oct 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
25 Oct 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
01 Nov 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
15 Nov 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
29 Nov 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
06 Dec 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
13 Dec 1935   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
17 Jul 1936   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales, The Gresford Inquiry (The Colliery Guardian)
24 Jul 1936   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
07 Aug 1936   Notes from the Coal Fields (The Colliery Guardian)
02 Oct 1936   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)
30 Oct 1936   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales, Position of Gresford Relief Fund (The Colliery Guardian)
09 Jul 1937   Notes from the Coal Fields, North Wales (The Colliery Guardian)

 

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