Mining Heroes Rewarded
The Edward VII Medal was awarded to the
following two people for an act of bravery
Harry, Wilson, Miner, Harriseahead Colliery,
Bronze, 10th March 1924
According to M. Kitchen's book "The Edward Medal"
London Gazette, 22nd August, 1924
His Majesty the KING has been graciously
pleased to award the Edward Medal to:-
The bottom of the pit was three parts full of water and water was still rising. Baker, however, was resolute; he called for volunteers and Wilson was one of five men who responded and descended into the mine by a foot rail.
The rescue party reached a ventilation door which they dared not open owing to the pressure of water behind it and they therefore prepared to retire. Baker, who had followed, insisted that Booth could not be left, but Wilson was the only man who volunteered to continue the work of rescue. Baker and Wilson managed to force the ventilation door and allow the water to escape gradually. They then waded to the place where Booth was working, reaching him after great difficulty, and all three men were eventually drawn to the surface. Both Baker and Wilson ran a great risk of being trapped under the low roof in the mine. They could not tell to what height the water would rise and if it had reached the roof both the rescued and the rescuers would have lost their lives. Both Baker and Wilson displayed exceptional courage and resolution.
London Gazette, Page 6350
Edward VII Medal
Information supplied by :- Phil Clifford , Mines Rescue Research