Cadeby Disaster Victim – Ross, Joseph

July 1912

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 20 July 1912

Mining Heroes

Joseph Ross

Amongst the deaths by the explosion was also that of Mr. Ross, of Conisbrough, whose widow is one of the lay preachers on the Primitive Methodist plan, and who is expected to occupy the pulpits at Denaby, Barnburgh and Marr in this quarter. The deceased was a member of the Conisbrough Chapel and was well respected.

Mr. Albert Shakesby, the Evangelist, said that his wife, immediately upon hearing of the explosion, went upstairs to her husband, who had retired to rest, and stated what she had heard, advising him to dress and go to the pit without delay, and see what help he could render. He suggested that his wife might also be of service at the colliery, and she replied, “Yes dear, I will follow on.”

He (the speaker), while helping in the ambulance work at the pit-top, well remembered how willingly the dear woman lent a helping hand to the suffering, and little did she think that her husband had, in the meantime, been carried out of the mine dead. He was sure they all prayed for the Blessing of God upon these and all other mourners.

Joseph lived with his 39 year old wife Sarah Ann and 2 year old daughter Phyliss Ross at the time of the census in 1911