At on the morning of
Those killed were:-
William Edward Limb of Warren Terrace, Shirebrook
William Phillips, a Scot, who had only started work at the pit the previous day
Arthur Burton who had come from Bulwell to work at the pit only a few weeks before.
Those injured were:-
Richard Merriman of
Thomas Widdowson of
An inquest was opened and adjourned pending a full investigation into the accident and the deceased were identified by family members.
You may wonder why I’m telling you this story but when I tell you that William Edward Limb (of whom more here) was my great - grandfather you will understand. My grandfather Alexander Joseph Limb identified his father’s body and registered his death just two days after registering the birth of his first child. What a week of mixed emotions he must have had.
Yesterday in a cool breeze which eventually lead to warm sunshine five of William Edward’s great grandchildren, some of them meeting for the first time, gathered at Shirebrook Cemetery and laid a wreath on his grave, exchanged memories, got to know each other over a lunch table and hoped that he would have been pleased for us to have been together.