Abertysswg Mine Disaster

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  • Date: 3rd. September, 1902
  • Location: McLaren Colliery, No 1 Pit , Rhymney Valley
  • Victims: 16 fatalities, 3 people seriously injured, 15 others sustained injuries
  • Cause: Inquest jury determined the cause was an explosion of inflammable gas. They concluded "A large majority of the jury there is no one to blame for the matter."


The fatalities were: [1][2]

William H. Brown a father of seven children, aged 32 years, collier, burned very severely.

William Baker aged 24 years, from Tredegar, collier, very severely burned.

Evan H. Evans aged 25 years, collier, died from the effects of afterdamp

George Grainger aged 32 years, labourer, died from the effects of afterdamp

Walter Griffiths aged 25 years, haulier, father of two children

John Jones aged 30 years, collier, severely burned

John T. Jones aged 23 years, haulier, died from the effects of afterdamp

Rees Jones aged 26 years, labourer, of High Street, Troedrhiwfuch. Died from severe burns

William J. Jones, from Tredegar, aged 17 years, severely burned

Thomas Minton aged 37 years, haulier, of 3 Bridge Street, Pontlottyn. He was severely burnt in the explosion and died four days later on 7th September.

Gwilym Morgan aged 41 years, collier

Azariah Probert aged 25 years, haulier, from Rhymney

William Rawlings, aged 25 years, timberman, who was severely burnt

Gwilym Roberts from Tredegar, aged 34 years, haulier, very severely burned

George Wilkins a married man, aged 41 years, labourer, died from the effects of afterdamp

Albert Williams aged 19 years, labourer, died from the effects of afterdamp


  1. Newspaper Report. Evening Express Colliery Disaster 5 September 1902 p 2 [1]
  2. http://www.welshcoalmines.co.uk/Photo.htm see Gwent McLaren
  • Northern Mine Research Society [2]

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