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1916 - Fatality at Mitchell Main

Sheffield Evening Telegraph, April 15, 1916

Fatality at Mitchell Main

Freddie Hoyland (15), driver, of Milton St, Wombwell, was a victim of a fatal accident which occurred in the bars Bed seam of the above colliery.

Last night, about 9.20, deceased was found dead by one of the workmen, apparently  being run over by a full corf.

Sheffield Evening Telegraph April 17, 1916

Mitchell’s Main fatality

An inquest was held, today, at Wombwell on the body of Fred Hoyland aged 15, pony driver of Milton Street, Wombwell who was killed on Friday evening whilst working in the above colliery.

According to the evidence of Frank Keen, trammer, of Pitt Street, low Valley, deceased left them about 9.15 with two full tubs of coal.

He was taking them down a slight decline, and had a locker in each tub, which appears to stopped them. He must have got in front for the purpose of slackening the lockers, and given the tubs a fresh start by pulling them, when his clog got fast and held him whilst the tubs ran into him.

He had been gone about 15 minutes when he was found with the bumpers of the first tub on his chest, and life was extinct

A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.

The proceedings were watched on behalf of the Colliery Company by Mr J Halmshaw, manager, and the Yorkshire Miners Association was represented by Mr Allen Ogden.