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Attached is a list of the men killed plus the five that were not recovered. Also the memorial in Longton cemetery where most of them were buried in a mass grave.

John Lumsdon

Mossfield Colliery Disaster 16th October 1889

Victims who were found in the Banbury Seam.

  • Noah Ball, aged 39 years who was a horse driver in the Banbury Crut
  • John Ball, aged 36 years a contractor who was asphyxiated
  • Jacob Bath, aged 23 years a contractor who was asphyxiated
  • James Bettany James, aged 23 years a loader who was asphyxiated
  • James Bradbury, aged 20 years a horse driver who was very badly burnt
  • Thomas Brough, aged 20 years a collier who was slightly burnt
  • William Burgess, aged 40 years a colliery who was asphyxiated
  • Henry Calcott, aged 25 years a collier who was asphyxiated
  • Joseph Cotton, aged 26 years a holer who was asphyxiated
  • Isaac Derricott, aged 60 years who was a holer and was badly burnt
  • Francis Enery, aged 50 years a loader who was badly burnt
  • William Farrell, aged 23 years a loader who was asphyxiated
  • John Hall, aged 16 years a taker-off who was slightly burnt
  • Johnathan Harding, aged 25 years a collier who was asphyxiated
  • William Horleston., aged 35 years a contractor who was asphyxiated
  • David Hughes, aged 65 years a collier who was asphyxiated
  • William Hulme, aged 24 years the taker off in the Main Jig who was slightly burnt
  • James Hulse, aged 26 years a loader who was asphyxiated
  • William Hurst, aged 49 years a collier who was asphyxiated
  • Thomas James, aged 18 years a loader who was badly burnt
  • Edward Jones, aged 30 years a loader who was asphyxiated
  • Richard Jones, aged 24 years a jigger on the Main Jig who was very badly burnt
  • John Moffett. A fireman who was asphyxiated
  • John Bailey Moore, aged 31 years a contractor who was badly burnt
  • Sydney Rutter, aged 37 years a loader who was slightly burnt
  • William Salter, aged 50 years a collier who was asphyxiated
  • Francis Malbon Shaw, aged 21 years a loader who was slightly burnt
  • John Shenton, aged 15 years a horse driver who was badly burnt
  • Thomas Sherwin, aged 25 years a loader who was asphyxiated
  • John Smith, aged 18 years a jigger in the Main Jig who was badly burnt
  • William Smith, aged 16 years a horse driver who worked the Banbury Crut to the main jig. He was slightly burnt.
  • John Tomlinson, aged 32 years a collier who was asphyxiated
  • Edward Townshend, aged 30 years a horse driver who was asphyxiated
  • Thomas Walker, aged 25 years a waggoner to the Main Jig who was asphyxiated
  • Samuel Wedgewood, aged 28 years a loader who was asphyxiated
  • Henry Wood, aged 20 years a loader who was asphyxiated

The victims who were found in the Banbury Seam

  • Fred Ayres, aged 21 years who was asphyxiated while working at a stopping in the upper seam
  • James Henry Bailey, aged 18 years a horsedriver who was slightly burnt
  • George Bradshaw, aged 18 years a taker-off
  • William Breewood, aged 29 years a collier who was badly burnt
  • Joseph Bull, aged 60 years who was asphyxiated while working near the top of the main jig
  • Job Bull, aged 26 years who was asphyxiated while working near the top on the Main Jig.
  • Albert J. Edwards, aged 28 years a collier
  • George Edwards, aged 42 years a collier
  • Joseph Edwards, aged 57 years a collier
  • David Hulme, aged 22 years a loader
  • Charles Jenkins, aged 19 years who was asphyxiated at a stopping in the upper level
  • William Lawton, aged 18 years a taker-off
  • Evan Price, aged 27 years a collier who was very badly burnt
  • George Radcliffe, aged 32 years a roadman who was badly burnt
  • George Salt, aged 42 years a horsekeeper who was badly burnt
  • Herbert Sellars, aged 37 years a collier who was badly burnt
  • Charles Sherwin, aged 21 years a taker-off in the Main Jig
  • Samuel Sherwin, aged 18 years a horsedriver who was slightly burnt
  • Ben L. Smith, aged 33 years a collier who was badly burnt
  • George Steele, aged 14 years a horsedriver who was slightly burnt
  • John Steele, aged 16 years a raker down who was badly burnt
  • John Williams, aged 16 years a horsedriver who was slightly burnt

There were five bodies that were not recovered-

But poor Arthur Fletcher who had tried so hard to save the lives of those in his charge, only 26, an up and coming official, was denied the dignity of a decent burial along with four others aged from 19 to 27.
They were:-

  • Joe Bull
  • William Bull
  • Arthur Fletcher, a fireman aged 26 years
  • George Wilson aged 27 years,
  • Spencer Whitehurst aged 24 years

and the inquiry states very coldly "Five bodies still remain in the seam as it was considered imprudent to reopen that portion of the mine in which they probably lie."

Some of the bodies were burnt black probably from the effects of burning coal dust but no charred coal dust was found on the props. There were some who got out of the pit with their lives and of these only one was injured:-

  • Richard Breeze a loader in the driftWilliam Bracegirdle, hooker-on at the bottom of the downcast shaft
  • Jesse Dennis a contractor who was at the far end of the Banbury drift
  • John Doxy a loader at the top head
  • Ralph Edge. a taker off in the drift
  • R. Edwards a collier who was at the bottom head
  • George Green a loader at the bottom head
  • George Hewitt a roadman at the door nearest the face of the Banbury horse level
  • W. Ingle, a loader in the drift
  • Ralph Rogers a collier at the top head
  • Jesse Smith a driver who was severely burnt
  • George Timmins who worked with William Bracegirdle
  • John Tompkinson. a collier in the drift.
  • Sixteen horses also perished in the disaster.


memorial in Longton cemetery
Memorial in Longton Cemetery


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