Denaby Silicosis Victim

April 1947

South Yorkshire Times April 5, 1947

Denaby Silicosis Victim

‘The man had spent the whole of his working life at Denaby Main and contracted this disease in the course of that employment,’ remarked the Doncaster District Coroner (Mr W H Carlile), when recording a verdict of ‘Misadventure’ at a Denaby inquest on Friday on Frederick Adamson (65), deputy, 27, Tickhill Square, Denaby, who died on October 27th, last year.

Leslie Adamson, The Lodge, Sewage Works, Deighton, near Huddersfield, son, said that his father had worked at Denaby Main Colliery from the age of 12. He started as a haulage hand, became a filler at 19 and afterwards a collier. When he was 22 he was made a deputy. He never had an illness in his life, but in the latter part of August last year he complained of pains in the chest, and was advised by Dr J McArthur to remain in bed. In consequence of Dr McArthur’s advice he was examined for silicosis. He gradually got worse and had difficulty with his breathing.

Dr Peter Milligan, pathologist, Doncaster, who conducted a postmortem examination, said the cause of death, in his opinion, was the disease of his lungs.

Dr Samuel Bryson, of the Silicosis Board, Sheffield, stated that there was extensive tuberculosis with lungs with much black fibrosis. Microscopic examination revealed that the fibrosis was due to silicosis, and the anatomical diagnosis silicosis accompanied by tuberculosis.