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Brownhills Grove Colliery Disaster
 
 
The Grove Colliery (Postcard A. Rawlins)
 
 
The Grove Colliery plan 1920's
 
  
 
 
 
At 09.18 on 1st October 1930, the most well known accident to have happened at a colliery in our vicinity, occurred at ‘The Grove Colliery’, on Wyrley Common, Brownhills, owned by William Harrison’s Brownhills Collieries Company, which was opened in 1857. A huge gas explosion took place one and a half miles below the surface in the underground workings, beneath the “Fleur De Lys” public house, when it is thought that a naked light was struck in a shaft.
 
 
 
 
“Fleur De Lys”
The fourteen men killed were:-
 
BOWDEN, Alfred 49
BROWNRIDGE, John 34
CORBETT, Benjamin 52
HACKET, John 33
HEATH, Alfred 27
HOLLAND, John (Jack) 41
HOWDLE, David Richard 30
MALLEY, James 33
MARTIN, Alec 32
ROBINS, William 45
SCOFFHAM, John 50
SMITH, Harry 38
WHITTAKER, John Bernard 44
WHITTAKER, William 62
 
 
 
The funeral cortege passing the Council Offices as they were at the time
 
 
 
 
 
Ten of the fourteen men killed were buried together on the 7th October in a collective grave at Saint James’ Church Cemetery, Church Road, Brownhills. The cortege started at the Council Offices and made its way along High Street into Church Road and into the church. Many people lined the streets to pay their respects.
 
 
 
 
 
The men were laid to rest in Great Charles Street Graveyard in a communal grave divided into ten sections. They were afforded full military honours, as six of the men had fought in the First World War.
 
The multiple grave (Cannock Chase Mining Society)
 
 
 
 
 
 
The multiple headstones
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Having read our article on the Grove Colliery Disaster,
Peter MILNER got in touch
and provided us with a copy of a postcard
to the memory of those who lost their lives
 
We are grateful to Peter MILNER
 
 
At 10.00 on Saturday 2nd October 2010 at Saint James’ Church, an 80th anniversary memorial service took place for the those miners who lost their lives in the ‘The Grove Colliery’ disaster, their descendants and their friends.
 
 
If you have any further information about 'The Grove Colliery' disaster, please send it to us at enquiries@bfhg.org.uk 
 
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