Mining Accident to Brothers at Denaby Main

October 1887

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Thursday 06 October 1887

Mining Accident to Brothers at Denaby Main.

Yesterday afternoon, about 3.30, as two young men named John Thomas Roebuck, aged 22 and Arthur Silverwood, aged 19, sons of John Silverwood, greengrocer, of Doncaster Road, Mexborough and employed at the Denaby Main pit, were pursuing their work as  colliers and fillers in the Montagu plane of the colliery, a fall coal and dirt from the root took place, the result that both were buried.

There were working close and hand William Newton and George Venables, and they immediately set to work to remove the dirt with which the poor fellows were covered. Several tons had fallen, and it was seen that Roebuck’s case was hopeless, as he was completely hidden; but the younger brother’s legs being visible he was at once pulled out and taken from the pit.

When conveyed to his home he was attended by Dr. Sykes, of Mexboreugh, who pronounced that five of his ribe had been broken, he had sustained other serious injuries and it is not expected that will he will live.

The other brother was extricated after a lapse of about two hours and of course was quite dead and dreadfully crushed.

After examination of the place which was made afterwards revealed the fact that at the spot where the fall had occurred there had been crack in the coal. The men who worked there said there not the faintest sign of its presence and that could not be detected beforehand.