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Whitwick Colliery Pit No. 5 Colliery Disaster

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Date: 19 Apr 1898
Location: Coalville, Leicestershire, Englandmap
Surnames/tags: England Mining_Disasters
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  • Date: 19 Apr 1898
  • Location: Whitwick Colliery Pit No. 5, Coalville, Leicestershire, England
  • Victims: 35 casualties
  • Cause: Gob Fire

Miner Victims

Name Age Relationship to other victims Sourced Bio Connected Category
Belcher, William Thomas 31 Yes Yes Yes
Beniston, Thomas 43 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bostock, William 47 Yes Yes Yes
Bradshaw, William 61 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brookes, Josiah 40 Yes Yes Yes
Clamp, Charles B. 27

2nd cousin of John William Platts

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Davies, John James 28 brother of William Davies and brother-in-law of Edward Edwards Yes Yes Yes
Davies, William 30 brother of John James Davies Yes Yes Yes
Edwards, Edward 27 brother-in-law, John James Davies Yes Yes Yes
Elliott, John 43 Yes Yes Yes
Evans, James 55 Yes Yes Yes
Gee, John Albert 13 Yes Yes Yes
Greasley, Thomas 29 Yes Yes Yes
Greasley, William 64 Yes Yes Yes
King, Joseph 29 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Limb, William 19 Yes Yes Yes
Moon, William Curtis 33 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Moore, John 46 Yes Yes Yes
O'Mara, Patrick 45 Yes Yes Yes
Percival, William 29 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Platts, John William 23 2nd cousin of Charles Bradford Clamp Yes Yes Yes Yes
Richards, John 30 Yes Yes Yes
Shaw, Joseph 24 Yes Yes Yes
Skellington, John William 41 Yes Yes Yes
Smith, Lewis Edward 24 Yes Yes Yes
Springthorpe, Henry 45 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stacey, Samuel 26 brother of William Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stacey, William 24 brother of Samuel Yes Yes Yes
Timson, Thomas 36 Yes Yes Yes
Tugby, John W. 16 Yes Yes Yes
Wileman, Benjamin 51 Yes Yes Yes
Wilson, Joseph 43 Yes Yes Yes
Wright, James 30 Yes Yes Yes
Wyatt, Henry 41 Yes Yes Yes
Wyatt, James 35 Yes Yes Yes

Victims' Occupations
Dataler Underground workman paid by the day - can have another specific job
Deputy's Boyassigned to run errands and orders for the deputy who was the safety officer for the mine, usually under the age of 16.
Drivers A boy employed in driving the horses on the main road underground. He is usually 14 or 15 years of age.
Holerminer who would pick holes for placement of charges in underground coal mine
Onsetters Person who pushes full mine waggons on to the cage at the shaft bottom and takes the empties out. The rolley-way is a road or path sufficiently high for a horse to walk along it with the rolley, and is kept in repair by the rolley-waymen. The driver has charge of the horse. The onsetter transfers the tubs to the cage in which they are raised to bank, where the coal is weighed, screened, and sorted.
Shifters men who repair the horse-ways and other passages in the mine, and keep them free from obstructions.
Stallman Sub-contractor in charge of a "stall" or working place

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The information in the middle column is about their relationship to the other victims, except in the case of John William Platts.
John William Platts was 23, not 31
Thanks Gillian, I'll get it corrected. A lot of the original information came from newspaper accounts, which were usually incorrect. Nice job on that profile, btw :)
Thanks, I created all of the profiles of the people killed in this disaster using primary sourcing. My husband is a former coal miner from the area. The site of the Whitwick Pitheads is now a Morrison's supermarket.
Sorry Fran ;-) I thanked Gillian and changed it if you were confused!

Gillian would you like access to this page to work on it? It’s very much still a work in progress?

Thank you, that would be nice :)
Could you PM me your email to add you? The one I have for you in England Project doesn’t seem to want to add you to the page! :-)
Ha! You changed it just 6 minutes before I went to do it :D