Denaby Driver’s Death – Crushed By a Fall of Roof.

March 1908

Sheffield Independent – Monday 09 March 1908

Pony Driver Buried At Cadeby.

On Saturday afternoon, at the Fullerton Hospital. Denaby. Mr. J. Kenyon Parker, deputy coroner, hekd inquiry into the death of Christopher Noble (35) Pony driver, 40. Loversall street, Denaby who died in the institution Friday, following on injuries received whilst following his employment in the mine on Wednesday.

The evidence given John Noon, collier, and Sam Sikea, collier, was to the effect that two o’clock on Wednesday they were working in their stall when they heard fall of dirt and scream.

Proceeding to the spot they found Noble buried up to his head by heap of stone which had fallen from the roof. They got him out as quickly possible, and he was immediately taken the hospital.

“Accidental” death was the verdict.


Mexborough and Swinton Times March 14, 1908

Denaby Driver’s Death.

Crushed By a Fall of Roof.

Mr. T. Kenyon Parker held an inquiry’ on Saturday afternoon touching the death of Chris. Noble, (35), described as a pony artier, who was fatally crushed in the Cadeby mine on Wednesday week. The inquest took piece in the Fullerton Hospital, Denaby where Noble died on the subsequent Friday.

Mr Snow was foreman of the jury, and the Colliery Company was represented by Mr.H. S. Witty. Mr. W.H. Pickering. H.M. Inspector of Mines was also present.

The widow, Emma Noble. said that she an hermhusband had lived at 40, Loversall Street, Denby Main. Deceased was a healthy Man, and she had seen him at 1-30 on the afternoon of Wednesday, the 4th March, when he set off to go to his work at the Cadeby pit, and she next saw him at six o’clock on the name afternoon, when he was brought home suffering from injuries sustained at his work.

Jessie Helena Stead, hospital nurse, said deceased was admitted on the evening of Wednesday, and died early on Friday morning. He was suffering from serious internal injuries and there had been little hope of Isle recovery.

Fatal Fall.

John Noon (miner), 11, Old Hill, Coninlicirce, said he worked at the Cadeby Colliery, aai knew deceased, who was injured on Wednesday. The accident happened twenty yards away from where he (witness) was working at the coal face. He beard the “dirt” fall and then a scream, and knowing it was Noble who was in trouble he instantly went, in company with a man named Sam Sykes, and found deceased buried under a weight of stone, which they two were unable to lift. They went for further assistance, and returned five minutes later with another man, and succeeded in extricating Noble. The injured man had been knocked on his face, and the whole of his body except the head was buried. The “dirt” had caught him in the back. It was nearly half-past four when the occident happened. They had not sounded the roof at the point where the slip occurred. The afternoon deputy was due in that part of the district shortly after the accident occurred.

By the Inspector: He had noticed a slip after the accident occurred. The roof was not “weighted” at tins point, and all was quiet..

“Oh Dear'”

Sam Sykes, of 1, Trent Terrace, Conisborough, tendered corroborative evidence. He was a filler, he said, and on the afternoon of Wednesday he heard a fall and a cry of “Oh, dear!” He said to Noon, “Come on mate, I believe the driver’s under a fall of -muck.” They Went to Noble’s assistance, and at length succeeded in getting him from under.a fall of stone and easing him out of the pit.

The Inspector: Did he have proper attention? —Yes, sir. We bandaged himself’ as quickly and comfortably as possible.

A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.