Wharncliffe Woodmore. Nos.1, 2 and 3
Barnsley, Yorkshire. 6th August 1936
|The Colliery was about 2 miles to the north west of Barnsley and was joined to the North Gawber (Lidgett) Colliery where there was an explosion in September 1935.
Both collieries were under the same control and the explosion occurred in the Lidgett
Seam which was about two feet four inches thick and was reached by drifts from the
Haigh Moor Seam which was 34 yards above. The Haigh Moor was 280 yards from the surface. The explosion was in the North East section. The districts in this section were developed from the North East bord which was driven to the full dip of the seam which was 1 in 11. The distance from the haulage engine house at the top of the North East bird to the face at the bottom was 1,600 yards at the time of the disaster.
The coal in the four districts, 18’s, 9’s, 2’s of Blackett’s and 1’s was undercut by machines and filled onto conveyors which delivered on to loaders at the inbye ends of 18’s, 9’s and 1’s levels and the middle of the Blackett face. All the machinery was electrically driven as was the haulage which was by endless rope on the North East bord and along 18’s, 9’s and 1’s levels by main and tail rope. With the exception of 18’s level, all mechanical haulage roads were intake roadways and all were traversed by the explosion with the exception of 18’s.
Richard Parry was in charge of stone dusting the roads and the manager stated that during the first seven months of the year, 201 tons of limestone dust had been sent into the pit. In the Lidgett Seam, 3.6 lbs. per ton of output were used. The attendant at the haulage gear at the top of the North East bord was the only man brought out alive and he died five days later in hospital but within 48 hours of the explosion, the whole of the workings had been explored and evidence gathered as to the cause of the explosion.
Those who died were:-
John Fletcher, deputy.
Joseph William Abbott.
Joseph Thomas Smith.
Richard Brook Grimshaw.
James Robert Muller, overman.
Herbert Hall, dataller.
Enoch Houlson, assistant bricklayer.
William Alfred Tompkins.
Charles Edward Ismay.
John David Jones.
Joseph Edward Hope, deputy.
William Henry Senior.
Owen Owens, machineman.
William Alfred Ellis.
Richard Wright, ripper.
Frederick Cooper, ripper.