1869 – Two More Fatal Accidents at the Denaby Main Colliery


Sheffield Independent, October 8, 1869

Two more Fatal Accidents at the Denaby Main Colliery

John Walden

Yesterday morning, about half past 10 o’clock, a fatal accident occurred at the above pit to a boy named John Walden, aged 13 years. The lads duty in the pit was to attend to the points on one of the Tramways. In consequence of the breaking of a chain, which was attached to some wagons, the latter came rapidly down the incline, and struck the unfortunate boy whose thigh was broken, causing death in about half an hour.

William Eccleston

On Wednesday evening, about eight o’clock, a man named William Eccleston was engaged at the bottom of the pit in drifting through solid stone in the formation of some stables, when a large stone fell upon the back of his neck, sending his chest and neck with great violence against the edge of a corve, thereby causing severe injury to the spine, lacerating wounds on the neck, beside other internal injuries, several blood vessels being injured. Dr Redford was speedily in attendance, but pronounced it to be a fatal case.

Dr McLagan and Mr Blythman, senior., were called in, but he died yesterday (Thursday).