A couple of days ago I asked for information about a local mining accident, suffered by the Grandfather of reader Gill Joesbury, but the request it was a bit of a mission impossible, as we didn’t have a name to go on – since then, Gill has now been in touch with more information.
My Grandfather’s name was Solomon Fox and he was born in 1872 in Newhall, Derbyshire. In 1898 he married Elizabeth Dora Whitehouse who hailed from Pelsall.
As far as the family knows, he worked in the Brownhills area before moving to Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire (don’t know if there was a particular reason for this move or whether it was just where the mining jobs were) and we believe he lost his leg prior to the move.
Hope this is of use and thanks for your help.
So, with that extra information, can anyone help further? I know lots of you enjoy a challenge, and any help gratefully received.
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I include Gill’s original enquiry below:
Do you know of any records in existence that recorded mining accidents in the Brownhills area? My Grandfather was a coalminer (loader below ground level) although I don’t know which pit he worked at, just that it was in the Brownhills area.
I believe that he lost a leg in a pit accident, probably sometime in the early 1900’s. Not much to go on I’m afraid and if there are no records then a dead end.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Mrs Gill Joesbury