MINNIE PIT DISASTER CENTENARY

Updated 19 Nov 2017

 

New Publication Soon
 

Victims of the Minnie Pit Disaster 1918


A tribute to the miners who lost their lives in the Minnie Pit disaster in Halmer End will be published by the Audley & District Family History Society on the 100th anniversary of the disaster in January 2018. The book will contain information on every victim and their immediate families, giving dates of birth, marriage and death, along with details of the occupations of the miners in the pit, recovery of bodies and burials. The information has been extracted from parish registers, census records, electoral registers, birth, marriage and death indexes, newspapers, the Minnie Pit Disaster Official Report and Sentinel Minnie Pit Relief Fund documents. Photographs of more than 90 of the victims are included along with photographs of memorials in local churchyards and cemeteries, and copies of various documents relating to many of the victims.

Book size A4, 187 pages.

A book launch is scheduled to take place at 2pm. on Saturday 13 January 2018 in Halmer End Methodist Church.

This will form part of the weekend of remembrance to mark the centenary of the disaster.

The published price of the book is £7.50 but it will be available at the book launch at a reduced price of £6.00 for those attending, otherwise please see the publications page for full details in January.

 

Minnie Pit Disaster Centenary Appeal

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all those who responded to our appeal for information. Our research phase is now finished and we are now in the process of compiling a book for publication.

 

The Society is planning to publish a book in January 2018 to mark the centenary of the Minnie Pit Disaster of 12 January 1918 in Halmer End. The book will be in memory of the 155 miners and 1 rescuer who lost their lives in the disaster. The format of the book will be similar to our earlier publication "Never To Return". The book will feature photographs and information about the victims, which will include details of birth, marriage, parents, occupation in the pit and details of the recovery and burial of the victims. It will not tell the story of the disaster as that has already been done by Mrs Christine Lamb in "The Minnie Pit Disaster" published in 1994. Mrs Lamb has kindly agreed to assist with the project.

The Society is compiling a database of victims to which new information will be added.

 

 

 

 

Appeal Update February 2016

The database of victims is now complete. A decision has been made on the size of book. It will be almost identical in size and number of pages to the recently published book of Colliery Deaths, by Mark Casewell, which is A4 and 185 pages. A few additional photographs of victims have been offered in the past year, but we are still hopeful that more will be found during the next year. Preparation of the final proof will commence in January 2017 following the 99th anniversary of the disaster which will be our last opportunity to obtain material for the book.  

To help people who may be unaware that a relative was involved, the following is a complete list of the miners who died in the disaster. Please note that the dates of birth given could be one year out either way. Most of the victims were born in the Audley area but we regret that we are unable to publish any further details on the website. The photographs we have to date are listed, but quality varies. Please contact the society if you possess any photographs of victims.

 

Name

Born

Photo

 

 

Name

Born

Photo

 

 

Name

Born

Photo

Aldersea, Frank

1903

 

 

 

Harrison, Arthur

1890

Yes

 

 

Plant, John C

1881

Yes

Amson, Joshua

1903

 

 

 

Harrison, Benjamin

1884

 

 

 

Platt, James

1893

Yes

Ashley, Herbert

1878

 

 

 

Harrison, Ernest C

1897

Yes

 

 

Pointon, James A

1893

 

Austin, John S

1876

Yes

 

 

Harrison, Frederick R

1902

Yes

 

 

Pointon, George W

1894

Yes

Baddeley, George

1903

 

 

 

Harrison, Job

1879

Yes

 

 

Pointon, Leonard

1887

Yes

Bailey, George

1866

Yes

 

 

Harrison, John

1889

Yes

 

 

Pointon, Ralph

1901

Yes

Bailey, Thomas

1874

 

 

 

Harrison, Reginald

1902

 

 

 

Pointon, Richard

1903

 

Barlow, John S

1899

Yes

 

 

Healey, Samuel

1881

Yes

 

 

Pointon, William

1902

 

Barnett, John

1884

Yes

 

 

Henshall, Arthur

1895

Yes

 

 

Poole, Thomas junior

1892

Yes

Bateman, Joseph

1885

Yes

 

 

Holland, Bernard

1894

Yes

 

 

Poole, Thomas senior

1867

Yes

Beckett, Thomas A

1882

Yes

 

 

Holland, Elijah

1887

Yes

 

 

Ratcliffe, Arthur

1897

Yes

Beech, Francis J

1903

 

 

 

Holland, Redvers

1900

Yes

 

 

Ratcliffe, William

1885

Yes

Benson, Peter

1903

 

 

 

Holland, Roland

1902

 

 

 

Rhodes, Frank

1902

 

Birkin, Arthur

1904

 

 

 

Hollier, William

1876

 

 

 

Rhodes, Samson H

1900

Yes

Brayford, Daniel

1901

 

 

 

Howell, Frederick

1879

 

 

 

Richardson, John

1900

Yes

Brindley, Charles

1868

 

 

 

Hulse, Charles

1902

 

 

 

Richardson, Samuel

1861

Yes

Broad, Charles

1885

Yes

 

 

Hulse, John

1886

Yes

 

 

Richardson, Walter

1870

Yes

Broadbent, Albert

1903

 

 

 

Hulse, Percy S

1894

Yes

 

 

Riley, Edward

1892

Yes

Broadbent, John H

1902

 

 

 

Ing, William V

1883

Yes

 

 

Roberts, Albert

1896

 

Brockley, Bertie

1903

 

 

 

Jebb, Ernest

1897

 

 

 

Rowley, Arthur

1878

Yes

Brockley, Samuel

1898

 

 

 

Jebb, George H

1887

Yes

 

 

Rowley, Fred

1893

Yes

Browning, George

1858

Yes

 

 

Jebb, Percy

1894

 

 

 

Rowley, George

1900

Yes

Burgess, David

1873

 

 

 

Johnson, Benjamin H

1880

Yes

 

 

Rowley, John

1886

 

Burgess, George

1876

Yes

 

 

Johnson, Caleb

1885

Yes

 

 

Rowley, John E

1875

Yes

Burgess, Jabez W

1897

Yes

 

 

Johnson, Elijah

1902

Yes

 

 

Rowley, Lionel T

1898

Yes

Byatt, Arnold S

1900

Yes

 

 

Johnson, Frederick E

1900

Yes

 

 

Rowley, Samuel

1852

 

Cartlidge, Frank

1885

 

 

 

Johnson, George

1888

Yes

 

 

Rowley, Vincent

1897

Yes

Cartwright, John J

1882

 

 

 

Johnson, Harry

1896

 

 

 

Salmon, Percy

1903

 

Challinor, Thomas

1902

 

 

 

Johnson, Oliver J

1903

Yes

 

 

Scrivens, Wilmot

1898

Yes

Cope, Thomas

1901

 

 

 

Jones, Benjamin

1898

Yes

 

 

Sherratt, Charles T

1850

Yes

Cork, Ernest H

1871

Yes

 

 

Jones, Charles H

1891

Yes

 

 

Smith, James H

1901

Yes

Cornes, Alfred

1890

 

 

 

Jones, Daniel

1892

Yes

 

 

Smith, William H

1894

Yes

Cornes, Frank

1901

Yes

 

 

Jones, Ernest

1874

 

 

 

Spode, Bernard

1903

Yes

Dale, Henry

1863

 

 

 

Jones, Frederick

1894

Yes

 

 

Steele, George W

1891

Yes

Daniels, Enos

1879

 

 

 

Jones, Henry

1881

Yes

 

 

Steele, Ralph

1886

 

Davies, John R

1899

Yes

 

 

Jones, James

1901

 

 

 

Stubbs, Walter

1903

 

Davies, William

1897

 

 

 

Jones, Thomas U

1872

 

 

 

Sumnall, Henry

1901

 

Dean, Harry

1885

Yes

 

 

Kesteven, William

1902

Yes

 

 

Swann, William

1898

 

Dean, Jesse

1891

Yes

 

 

Kirkham, Albert

1903

Yes

 

 

Taylor, Leonard

1886

Yes

Dean, John

1890

Yes

 

 

Lea, John W

1902

Yes

 

 

Timmis, Thomas

1869

 

Downing, Edwin

1873

Yes

 

 

Lear, Joseph

1892

Yes

 

 

Tipper, Frederick W

1870

 

Downing, Ralph L

1891

Yes

 

 

Lee, Eli

1901

Yes

 

 

Tomkinson, Frank L

1902

Yes

Eden, Henry L

1894

 

 

 

Leek, Percy

1894

Yes

 

 

Wainwright, Arnold

1876

Yes

Edgeley, Frederick

1901

 

 

 

Leighton, Charles

1872

Yes

 

 

Wareham, Henry

1903

Yes

Farrall, Ernest

1893

Yes

 

 

Leighton, Daniel

1878

Yes

 

 

Webb, Edmund C

1902

Yes

Genders, William H

1890

 

 

 

Lightfoot, George

1878

 

 

 

Webb, George D

1884

 

Gilbert, William H

1877

Yes

 

 

Lockett, Arthur

1903

 

 

 

West, Thomas

1889

Yes

Green, Amos

1901

Yes

 

 

Lockett, George A

1903

 

 

 

Whitehurst, Daniel

1880

 

Green, Oliver

1903

Yes

 

 

Lockett, Reuben

1867

Yes

 

 

Wilcox, James

1896

 

Green, William H

1872

Yes

 

 

Madew, John

1875

 

 

 

Wilshaw, Harry

1896

Yes

Hampson, John G

1903

 

 

 

Mayer, Joseph

1901

Yes

 

 

Woodvine, Frederick T

1903

 

Harrison, Arthur

1904

 

 

 

Morgan, Thomas

1873

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you think you may be related to any of the above then please contact the society with details.