Evening Sentinel Mining News 1953

Evening Sentinel. February 3rd 1953. Late. Page 1.

Six men where killed last night at Dale green colliery Harriseahead, and one seriously injured. The Six were named as :-
Dennis Hancock, single, aged 20, of 64, High Street, Harriseahead.
William Mansell, married, aged 47, of Moss Place, Whitehill, Kidsgrove.
James Oakes, married, aged 48, of Whitehill Road, Rookery, Kidsgrove.
Joseph Bailey, married aged 54, New Road, Whitehill, Kidsgrove.
Joseph Lawton, married, aged 62, of Dales green, Harriseahead.
Thomas William Laurence Meakin, married, aged 45, of Tower hill cottages, Harriseahead.
There is a photograph of the colliery and the brother of one of the men who was killed, talking to the Captain of the rescue teams. The miner who was severely injured as been named as Percy Woolrich, of Mow Cop, there is also a photo of him.
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Page 8 Photograph of the rescue workers at Dale Green colliery.

Evening Sentinel. February 4th 1953. Late. Page 1.

There is a photograph of Mr. Percy Woodrich in hospital, who is very much better today.
Officials of the N.C.B. along with H.M. Inspectors of Mines today inspected the workings of Dale Green colliery.
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Evening Sentinel. February 5th 1953. Late Final. Page 1.

Opening the inquest on the six men who lost their lives at Dale Green colliery on Monday, the Coroner said "it may be some consolation to the relatives that the medical report showed in every case, that death was by gas poisoning and death was probably painless". Evidence of identification was taken and the inquest was adjourned.

Evening Sentinel. February 9th 1953. Late. Page 5.

Mr. Percy Woodrich, the sole survivor of the Harriseahead pit disaster is improving in the N.S.R.I.

Evening Sentinel. February 24th 1953. Late Final Page 8.

Inquest on Harriseahead Dale Green colliery disaster where six miners were killed on February 2nd is proceeding.

Evening Sentinel. February 24th 1953. Late. Page 5.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded on the six men who died at the Dale Green colliery.
Death was due to carbon monoxide poisoning, as a result of an explosion.
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Evening Sentinel. April 9th 1953. City Final Recast. Page. 7.

Only a few seats remained unsold at Kidsgrove Town Hall, when a variety concert was held by a group of villages clubs, to raise money for the Dale Green mining disaster fund.
The village clubs who took part were, Alsager, Butt Lane, Kidsgrove, Mow Cop, Newchapel, Packmoor and Talke pits.

Evening Sentinel. May 12th 1953. Late. Page 5

A 19 year old trainee was praised at a inquest at Hanley for his efforts to save the life of a colleague who was trapped by a fall of dirt at Chatterley Whitfield colliery. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death on Harold Owen, a ripper, aged 60, of 17, Bank Street, Rookery. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. September 25th 1953. Late Page 7.

The hearing as begun into the causes in which 6 men died at the Dale Green Colliery on February 2nd. The agent and the owners, Mr. Alfred Birchall, of Red lion farm, Harriseahead, and Birchall Collieries Ltd. of 12, Price Street, Burslem, are Summoned for alleged contravention of the mines safety and heath regulations, there are a total of 35 summonses.

Evening Sentinel. September 26th 1953. Late Page 5.

At the Dale Green colliery case at Stoke Stipendiary Court, yesterday, the pit deputy said "The Ventilation was Sweet and Normal". More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. September 29th 1953. Late Page 7.

Dale Green colliery case. Defence Opens. Air, free from gas, without fan-Agent. More on this article can be seen on this page.
Late Final Page 10. Dale Green colliery case. Agent Questioned about crown hole. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. September 30th 1953. Late Page 5.

Dale Green colliery case. No one could have foreseen danger- pit case witness. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. October 1st 1953. Late Page 8.

After five days of hearing the evidence in the Dale Green case at the Potteries Stipendiary court, it was concluded yesterday when the Magistrate reserved his decision until a date to be fixed. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. October 15th 1953. Late Final. Page 7.

The defendants in the Dale Green colliery case of a fortnight ago were fined yesterday at Fenton court.
Mr. Alfred Birchall of Red Lion farm, Harriseahead, and Birchall collieries Ltd, of 12, Price Street, Burslem the owner of the colliery were fined a total of 68 with 57-15s-0d costs.
Alfred Birchall alone was fined 2 on each of 24 counts of the 35 he was charged with, 10 being dismissed, one being withdrawn. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. December 1st 1953. Late Final Page 10. .

After 70 years in the mining industry Mr. James Edward Ogdon, safety and training officer at Parkhouse colliery unit of the N.C.B. has retired. Mr. Ogden who lives at Heather Crest, Station Road, Mow Cop, is 83. He entered the mining industry at 13 as a underground pony driver at Black Bull colliery in 1897, he worked with the crutters making Victoria colliery pit bottom and engine room. There is a lot more on Mr. Ogden's career in this article.