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1914 - 1918


During the war Miners and Steelworkers were exempted from conscription due to the importance of steel and coal production. There are many stories during the war years and of the men of Silverwood Colliery:

Albert Rowbotham  aged 18 years of 15 Monk street, Rotherham was amongst the many from the mine to enter into the war, he had worked at Silverwood until he joined the  East Yorkshire Regiment  . He was mentioned in the Rotherham Advertiser on the 13th July 1918 as missing in action. Albert returned to the mine in 1920. There is somewhat a mystery surrounding the death of Albert, and it is thought that he died with shell shock induced damage to his brain.

There are many stories like the one recently sent in below

My name is Ernest Durham. although I've been known for years as Ed (after my initials).   I was born in Abel Street Thrybergh in December 1935.   I now live in Norfolk having retired in 1989 after 36 years in the RAF.
My mother's maiden name was Moxon and her father was Enoch Moxon who was killed on 20 April 1916 - he is buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery just a few miles NE of Arras.    I discovered this only 6 months or so ago and my wife and I went to see the grave last month.   Enoch came from a mining family and I believe he worked at Silverwood.   He joined the York and Lancs at the outbreak of WW1 but re-mustered and became a tunneller with 182 Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers.   Clearly with his experience he was volunteered when the business of mines and countermines started in France.   He was 35 years old when he died and my grandmother remarried and lived for another 10 years, having 3 more children to add to her already large family, of whom my mother was the only girl.


Back home the miners of Silverwood were fighting a different enemy and that was the mine itself, for deaths were occurring here too. It was the 1911 Mines Act which made provision for Rescue Stations; In those days various companies were obliged to set up their own Stations there was a mine rescue station at Rotherham established between 1911 - 1918.


Notes and queries: Volume 130
William White 1914
At the Silverwood and other collieries distress and bread funds have been opened." Is the name of the pit derived from a local place-name or from a family name, for Silverwood has become a cognomen ?

In 1914 on the 9th January Arthur B. Evans a 25 year old Collier died on his way to set a cog in a bank cause not known at present.  On the 1st December 1914 a Deputy and Shotfirer after inspecting the location of a shot to be fired concluded that the roof was hard and it would be safe to fire the shot. An unfortunate Phillip Cunnane a 23 year old Stoneman was plucking the shot when a large stone came off at the pack side of the slip striking Phillip killing him outright.

Thomas Stacey a 39 year old Stoneman was ripping on the 15 January 1915 when a section fell on him, he only survived until the next day. On the 16th of June 1915 Bartholomew Prendergast  a 43 year old Collier apparently was uncapping a gob prop after removing about four others but in doing so did not fix any temporary roof supports, the result being a large roof fall which fell on him. A 60 year old Collier met his fate on the 28th of August 1915 his name was James Briggs, who simply bent down to pick up his pick whilst moving a full tub of coal when he was hit by coal falling from the face, James died on the 2nd September 1915

The Times law reports: Volume 32
The appellant, who was employed as a coal filler at the respondents' colliery, known as the. Silverwood Colliery, in the South Yorkshire coalfield, brought an action against the respondents to establish his claim for a minimum wage.

Henry C. Rackman a Pony Driver on the 7th October 1915 was entering a passbye leading a pony pulling full tubs, he stumbled and fell and the tubs ran over him amputating one leg, the next day Henry died age just 15 years old.

It is noted that often it was a secondary effect from an injury that resulted in the death of some miners as in the case of John William Haynes a 46 year old collier who was struck one of his shins by a piece of coal falling on the 20th October 1915. Pneumonia set in and he died on the 24th December 1915.

The Law journal reports: Volume 85, Part 1
Ill in the Silverwood Colliery of the respondents. The only other workman employed during that week at stall No. Ill was John Fuller, a collier, who shared with the appellant in manner hereinafter mentioned the earnings of the stall.







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