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Fatal Accidents, West Hallam Colliery

Information from Alan Beales


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Date Name Age Colliery Accident
27 - May - 1800     Henry Barksby 18 West Hallam Fell down the shaft
12 - Feb - 1802 Francis Gregory 9 West Hallam Fell down the shaft
- Aug - 1802 Boy - West Hallam Fell down the shaft
20 - Dec - 1802 William Hallam - West Hallam Stone fell down the shaft
17 - Nov - 1803 Thomas Stenson - West Hallam Fell down the shaft
13 - Nov - 1812 Boy 11 West Hallam Fall of roof
13 - Nov - 1812 Boy - West Hallam Fell down the shaft
28 - Apr - 1829 William Brookhouse - West Hallam Fell down the shaft
05 - Jun - 1833 Joseph Shelton - West Hallam Fell sown the shaft
12 - Feb - 1847 William Hartshorn 17 West Hallam Coal fell down the shaft
17 - Nov - 1852 Henry Sawyer - West Hallam Fell down the shaft
01 - Aug - 1854 Thomas Gregory - West Hallam Fell down the shaft
02 - Oct - 1854 Boy - West Hallam Fell down the shaft
17 - Nov - 1866 Robert Bancroft 19 West Hallam Fall of roof
14 - Jul - 1874 John Flint 28 West Hallam Fell down shaft
12 - May - 1880 John Hardy 40 West Hallam Fall of coal
18 - Jan - 1883 George Tomlinson 52 West Hallam Fell down the shaft
04 - Dec - 1884 John Henry Simmonds 47 West Hallam Overcome by blackdamp
06 - May - 1885 Alfred Potter 14 West Hallam Crushed by wagon on surface
02 - Mar - 1893 Isaac Keightley 15 West Hallam Knocked over by pony 28 - 02
28 - Jul - 1893 Aaron Bancroft 35 West Hallam Run over by tubs
05 - Feb - 1895 Joseph Hartshorne 67 West Hallam Crushed by wagon on surface
21 - Jun - 1897 George Stevenson 51 West Hallam Fall of roof
24 - Mar - 1902 John Day 21 West Hallam Run over by tubs
03 - Nov - 1902 William Knighton 18 West Hallam Fall of roof
13 - Jan - 1904 James Bowley 43 West Hallam Shotfiring accident
01 - Jul - 1905 George Knowles 47 West Hallam Fall of roof 16 - Jun - 1905
20 - Jul - 1905 Arthur Ellis 16 West Hallam Fall in a roadway
09 - May - 1906 John Thomas Smith 16 West Hallam Run over by tubs
04 - Feb - 1910 George Holland 13 West Hallam Kicked by a pony 01 - Jan - 1910
20 - Feb - 1916 Henry Wheatley 36 West Hallam Fall of roof 26 - Jan - 1912
04 - May - 1916 William Horridge 15 West Hallam Crushed by tubs
16 - Jul - 1916 Clarence Edward Glover 16 West Hallam Fall of roof
06 - May - 1917 Charles Plummer 46 West Hallam Fall of roof
09 - May - 1917 George Smith 53 West Hallam Fall of roof 26 - Apr - 1917
26 - Jan - 1918 Percy Newton 16 West Hallam Crushed by tubs 23 - Jan - 1918
12 - Feb - 1923 Charles Sarson 28 West Hallam Fall of roof
22 - May - 1924 Arthur Watson 24 West Hallam Fall of roof 20 - Jan - 1924
25 - Jul - 1924 Francis Key 31 West Hallam Fall of roof
30 - Apr - 1925 John Walter Beardsley 34 West Hallam Fall of roof
09 - Oct - 1925 Benjamin Taylor 54 West Hallam Caught in machinery
15 - Jan - 1926 John Thomas Davis 31 West Hallam Fall of roof 14 - Jan - 1926
23 - Jan - 1926 John White 54 West Hallam Fall of roof 19 - Jan - 1926
07 - Jan - 1928 George T Robinson 31 West Hallam Fall of roof 24 - Dec - 1927
18 - Oct - 1928 Samuel Wingfield 27 West Hallam Fall of roof
26 - Feb - 1930 Arthur Urin 45 West Hallam Fall of coal


Anyone wishing more detail should look the death date up in local newspapers, an inquest report will give a lot of information.
Sources: -

1800 - June 1852 Nottingham newspapers Angel Row Library Floor 1
July 1852 - 1914 Mines Inspectors Annual Reports Greens Library Nottingham University
These are now online
Ian Winstanley {Rayleys}
After 1914 various Derbyshire Libraries Chesterfield, Heanor, Ripley, Alfreton, Ilkeston


Nottingham Journal Friday 12 June 1857
Colliery Explosion, at West Hallam

On Monday 8th instant, a fearful explosion of firedamp occurred at a coal pit at West Hallam, near Ilkeston, belonging to
H B Whitehouse and son.

It appears that about 12 o’clock some men who were working on the field near the pit, heard a noise similar to the explosion of gunpowder which proceed from the pit, they immediately ran to the pit, and were informed that an explosion had taken place. This dreadful intelligence spread like lightening, and for miles people were seen running in great excitement towards the pit to learn whether their relatives were among the sufferers.

Meanwhile the miners were making every exertion to convey the sufferers to the top of the shaft, four of whom were severely burnt and several others slightly injured. The poor fellows were immediately conveyed to their homes, where medical aid was speedily procured. 

It is believed that no blame is attached to the workmen respecting the explosion, the immediate cause of which is not yet known.
The names of the sufferers are Elijah Hart (severely) his son Zadok Hart, burnt, William Keeling, slightly bruised, all of West Hallam. A boy Robert Leeson, burnt, of Stanley Common; Samuel Barnes, thigh broken, Stephen Barnes and John Straw (severely burnt) all of Ilkeston. 

It is supposed that two horses and a donkey are burnt to death, but owing to the state of the pit they have not been able to search for them at the present time.

There were around 100 men in the pit when the explosion took place.

Thanks to Alan Beales for the article


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