Arrael Griffin Colliery, Six Bells – List of Fatalities.

Arrael Griffin Colliery, Six Bells – List of Fatalities.

Arrael Colliery, Six Bells Colliery – Fatalities 1890-1897
This list of deaths at the Arrail Griffin Colliery, Six Bells covers most of those reported in National and Local Newspapers. The first deaths occurred during the sinking of the No.4 & No.5 shafts at the colliery and are covered in detail on another page, though they are listed below for reference. 

This page will be updated as more information is received.

Sinking Deaths.
The First Sinking Fatalities.
On Saturday 9th February 1895 four men were fell to their deaths while sinking the Arrael Griffin Colliery, Six Bells, Abertillery.
Mr William Matthews, aged 36, of Pontnewydd.
Mr William Lusty, aged 21, of No6 Court Terrace, Llanhilleth.
Mr John Lamb, aged 37, a Lodger at Blaenau Gwent, Abertillery.
Mr Thomas Day, a Lodger at Mitre Street, Abertillery.

The Second Sinking Fatality.
In April 1895 another accident occurred in the shaft at Arrael Griffin Colliery Six Bells, Abertillery resulting in the death of a Chargeman.
Mr Eli Morgan, aged 36 (Chargeman):

The Third Sinking Fatality.
On Thursday 2nd May 1895 a serious accident occurred at the Arrael Griffin Colliery Six Bells, Abertillery. Two Sinkers named Mr Herbert and Mr Kyle were seriously injured by a fall of the side in the shaft, It was reported Mr Jacob Kyle was slightly injured though Mr James Jacob Herbert was conveyed home where he succumbed to his injuries 4 hours later. Mr James Jacob Herbert aged 40 (Sinker) of No74 Edward Street, Blaenau Gwent, Abertillery.

Coal Production Deaths.
Listed below is a list of fatalities at the Arrail Griffin Colliery Six Bells between 1897-1940s

1899.
Alfred James Walden. Died – 28 September 1899, aged 35. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. The death of Mr Walden was the first death at the colliery during coal production.

1900.
Mr Thomas Rees Prosser. Died – 28th February 1900, aged 17. Mr Prosser was kicked by a Horse and died from complications days later after resuming work at Tirpentwys Colliery. A Post-mortem revealed he had a fracture of the inner skull resulting from the kick of the Horse the previous week. Mr Prosser was living in lodgings at Six Bells though had been living with his parents at Black Barn Farm, Blaenycwm.

1901.
Mr William Hughes. Died – 21st March 1901. Mr Hughes was kicked by a Horse on previous 19th February and later died from complications. Mr Hughes lived at No30 River Row, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr Harry Harris. Died – 22nd March 1901, aged 30. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Harris lived at Ash Street, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr John Hobby. Died – 15th May 1901, aged 57. Cause of death was crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Hobbs lived at Blaenau Gwent.

1902.
Mr Eli Challenger. Died – 10th January 1902, aged 51. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Challenger lived at No61 Glandwr Street, Abertillery.

1903.
Mr James Wiltshire. Died – 5th September 1903, aged 41. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Wiltshire lived in lodgings at Queen Street, Abertillery.

1905.
Mr Benjamin Adams. Died – 1st July 1905, aged 60. Mr Adams fell from the ascending cage and broke his back. Mr Adams lived at No57 Powell Street, Abertillery. As the men finished work and were loaded into the cage to come up the pit, a warning was given that there was a run-away journey heading towards pit bottom as the cage started to rise, the men in the cage panicked and tried to jump clear resulting in four men being injured from the fall from the ascending cage. Mr Adams later died from his injuries with a Mr George Loughman also being seriously injured but survived. Two others were hurt and were able to walk home.
It was later stated that the Journey of Drams did run away but they were under control, it was seen as a false alarm.

Mr Francis John Gilbert. Died – 20th November 1905 aged 23. Mr Gilbert was buried beneath 500 tons of stone after a heavy roof fall. Mr Gilbert lived with his parents at Warm Turn, Six Bells, Abertillery. Mr Albin George Sweet of Blaina Road, Abertillery was with the deceased and was also buried though was pulled out alive. It was more than 24 hours later that the body of Mr Gilbert was recovered owing to the succession of falls.

1906.
Mr Charles Moore. Died – January 1906. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Moore lived at Cwmtillery, Abertillery.

Mr Frederick Wathan. Died – 14th February 1906, aged 20. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams.

Mr Edmund Matthews. Died – 18th December 1906, aged 35. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Matthews lived at Park View, Abertillery.

Mr John Matthews. Died – 16th November 1906, aged 32. Cause of death – Crushed by a run-away Journey of Drams on the 14th November and died two days later from severe injuries.

1907.
Mr Samuel Henry Fear. Died – 19th May 1907, aged 43. Cause of death – Crushed by a runaway Journey of Drams. Mr Fear lived at No13 Griffin Street, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr James Matthews. Died – September 1907. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Matthews lived at New Princess Street, Abertillery.

1908.
Mr George Doel. Died – 24th June 1908, aged 29. Cause of death – Crushed by a Dram. Mr Doel lived in Arrail Street, Six Bells.

1909.
Mr John Pursey. Died – 13th August 1909, aged 67. Mr Pursey was a Store Keeper and received an accident which broke his ankle the previous 10th June, implications set in and he died from the injuries on the 13th August 1909. Mr Pursey lived at Park Place, Abertillery.

Mr Alfred James Watkins. Died – 28th September 1909, aged 20. Mr Watkins lived at No8 Belmont Terrace, Aberbeeg.

1910.
Mr Samuel George Morgan. Died – 23 April 1910, aged 32. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Morgan lived at Park Place, Abertillery. He had the accident in the previous March 7th 1910 though never recovered.

Mr Hubert Merrick. Died – 25th October 1910. Mr Merrick was hit in the head by a chain under strain the previous day, he was conveyed home but died from his injuries the following day. Mr Merrick lived in lodgings at No33 Arrail Street, Six Bells, Abertillery.

1911.
Mr William Morgan. Died – 12 December 1911, aged 54. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Morgan lived at Bryngwyn Road, Six Bells.

Mr Edgar Blacker. Died 25th December 1911 aged 22. Mr Blacker had been injured in an accident in the previous July where he badly strained himself and never really recovered. Mr Blacker was married to Mrs Rachel Novello Blacker and lived at Gilfach Cottage, Cwmnantygroes, Six Bells.

1912.
Mr Benjamin Lucas. Died – 30th January 1912, aged 45. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Lucas lived at Vivian Terrace, Alexandra Road, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr Henry Walters. Died 3rd May 1912, aged 48. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Walters lived at No30 Victoria Street, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr Thomas Coombes. Died – 25 July 1912, aged 40. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Coombes lived at No85 Glandwr Street, Abertillery.

Mr Gabriel Bryant. Died 18th September 1912, aged 48. Cause of death – Struck by a falling collar. Mr Bryant lived in lodgings at No59 Vivian Street, Abertillery.

1913.
Mr Alexander George Withers. Died – 28th March 1913, aged 17. Cause of death – Caught in machinery at the Colliery Washery. Mr Withers lived at No176 Gladstone Street, Abertillery.

Mr Job Sayce. Died – 6th January 1913, aged 47. Cause of death – Crushed by a Horse and Cart at the Colliery surface. Mr Sayce lived at the Arrail Cottages, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr William Jones. Died – 8th July 1913, aged 16. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Jones lived at Cross Street, Abertillery.

Mr Edmund Charles Albert Peterson. On the 3rd November 1913, aged 22. Caught under a fall. Mr Peterson lived at No10 Penygraig Cottages, Six Bells, Abertillery. ???? He was reported to have broken his back and was in a serious condition with no hope of survival, though no official death report.

1914.
Mr Robert Sheehan. Died – 17th January 1914, aged 47. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Sheehan lived in lodgings at Clarence Place, Blaenau Gwent, Abertillery.

Mr Stanley Herbert Orchard. Died – 26th March 1914, aged 23. Cause of death – Run over by Trucks.

Mr George Griffiths. Died – 1st May 1914, aged 36. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Griffiths was lodging at No36 Lancaster Street, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr James Taylor. (Arrail Griffin) Died – 20th Nov 1914, aged 53. A Mason working on the surface buildings knocked off the roof and died. Mr Taylor lived at Queen Street, Abertillery.

1915.
Mr Edward D’Arcey. Died – 10th September 1915. Cause of death – Caught under a fall.

1917.
Mr Howell Ambrose Strickland. Died – August 1917. Cause of death – Caught under a fall.

1918.

Mr William James Bevan. Died – 22nd November 1918, aged 43. Cause of death – Caught under a fall.

1921.
Mr Benjamin Williams. Died – 5th February 1921. Cause of death – Crushed. Mr Williams lived at No4 Griffin Street, Six Bells, Abertillery. Mr Williams was a Ropeman and was crushed in a haulage engine while trying to keep the rope on the Haulage Drum in coil.

1922.
Mr Alfred James Vaughan. Died – 6th July 1922, aged 42. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams.

Mr Lewis Jenkins. Died – August 1922. Mr Jenkins lived at Aberbeeg. (No reports found).

1923.
Mr Edwin Stephens. Died – 17th August 1923, aged 35. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Stephens lived at No24 Hope Street, Blaina.

1924.
Mr James Jones. Died – 22nd March 1924, aged 56. Dropped dead before descending the shaft. Mr Jones was a Fireman lived at No37 Old Woodland Terrace, Aberbeeg.

Mr William Powell. Died – 23rd December 1924, aged 61. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Powell lived at No31 Caefelin Street, Llanhilleth.

1925.
Mr William Henry Powell. Died -January 1925, aged 68. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Powell lived at Cae’r Fellin Street, Llanhilleth.

Mr William George Jones/James (illegible). Died – 7th April 1925, aged 40. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Jones/James lived at Back Cottage, Vale Terrace, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Master Clifford Rhys Lane. Died – 24th October 1925, aged 15. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Master Lane was a Colliery Helper and lived at No19 Victoria Road, Six Bells, Abertillery.

1926.
Mr Leslie Clifford Emes. Died – 4th October 1926, aged 21. Mr Emes fell through the roof of the Fitting Shops on the Colliery surface while changing the metal sheeting. Mr Emes was living at No7 Duffryn Row, Penybont, Cwmtillery.

Mr Richard Hagland. Died – 5th February 1927, age 56. Mr Hagland lost an eye in an accident on the previous 24th March 1926. He never really recovered and the accident brought on a series of epileptic seizures with resulted in his death.

1928.
Mr Arthur James Moore. Died – 10th January 1928. Believed to have been from complications as of an accident received on November 15th 1917. Mr Moore was a victim of a fall of stone which fractured his skull. He had returned to work on light duties but failed to properly recover. Mr Moore lived at No11 Partridge Road, Llanhilleth.

Mr William J Doel. Died – 20th January 1928, aged 53. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Doel lived at Hafod Fan Road, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr John Watkins. Died – 27th April 1928, aged 53. Fell from staging underground, taken to Hospital but never recovered. Mr Watkins lived at “Bryngwyn” No126 Richmond Road, Abertillery.

Mr William Henry Taylor. Died – 23rd June 1928, aged 53. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Taylor lived at No19 Griffin Street, Six Bells, Abertillery.

Mr Richard Jones. Died – 4th August 1928, aged 65. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Jones lived at No5 Llwyn-On Road, Six Bells Abertillery and had worked at the Arrail Griffin Colliery since 1897.

Mr Ernest Jones. Died – 2nd December 1928, aged 41. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Jones lived at No74 Richmond Road, Abertillery. He had been severely injured on the Saturday 1st December and taken to Aberbeeg Hospital, he never recovered and died the following day.

Mr Edmund Parfitt. Died – 15th March 1929, aged 36. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Parfitt lived at No13 Penygraig Terrace, Aberbeeg.

1930.
Mr James Gibbons Fear. Died – 11th March 1930, aged 66. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Fear lived at No8 Park Place, Abertillery and had been working at the Arrael Griffin Colliery since it opened and was a part of the Sinking Team at the Vivian Colliery, Abertillery.

Mr Edwin Clarke. Died – May 1930, aged 62. Crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Clarke lived at No22 Coronation Road, Six Bells, Abertillery.

1931.
Mr James Thomas. Died – 3rd April 1931. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Thomas lived at No43 Gray Street, Abertillery.

1934.
Mr Guy H. Vagg. Died – 1st May 1934, aged 48. Mr Vagg died from injuries received whilst Boring Rock in the previous January 1934. Mr Vagg lived at Arrail Street, Six Bells, Abertillery.

1935.
Mr John Griffiths Flowers. Died – 11th September 1935, aged 55. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr lived at High Croft, Warm Turn, Aberbeeg. Mr Flowers was involved in a fall a few weeks previously and never recovered.

1937.
Mr George Henry Evans. Died – 5th July 1937, aged 53. Cause of death – Caught under a fall. Mr Evans lived at No1 Bywaters Row, Abertillery.

1939.
Mr Charles Flook. Died – 24th January 1939, aged 56. Cause of death – Crushed by a Dram. Mr Flook lived at Christchurch , Aberbeeg.

1952.
Mr William Charles Brindley. Died – June 1952, aged 26. Cause of death – Electrocuted. Mr Brindley was the Colliery Electrician and lived at Penybont Road, Abertillery.

1954.
Mr Wyndham Young. Died – 2nd October 1954, aged 64. Cause of death – Crushed by a Journey of Drams. Mr Young lived at Duke Street, Abertillery.

1959.
Mr Arthur Sidney Berryman. Died 21st December 1959, aged 50. Cause of death – Collapsed and died underground.

The June 1960 Explosion Victims.
A list of the 45 Victims.
The forty-five victims of the explosion were as follows –
Mr Ivor James Bainton aged 48 (Cutterman);
Mr Daniel James Bancroft aged 46 (Collier on Panzer);
Mr Robert Charles Brown aged 35 (Roof Control Officer);
Mr Frank Cooper aged 44 (Supplies Man);
Mr Joseph Corbett aged 50 (Haulier);
Mr Thomas George Crandon aged 46 (Repairer);
Mr Walter Thomas Davies aged 34 (Borer);
Mr Roydon James Edwards aged 27 (Repairer);
Mr Percy Gordon Elsey aged 52 (Repairer);
Mr Albert John Evans aged 34 (Packer);
Mr Leonard Keith Frampton aged 29 (Collier);
Mr Albert Gardner aged 59 (Assistant Cutterman);
Mr George Goldspink aged 37 (Repairer);
Mr Clive Alan Griffiths aged 18 (Prop Checker);
Mr Vernon Alexander Griffiths aged 33 (Deputy Grade I);
Mr Ernest Victor Harding aged 51 (Deputy Grade I);
Mr Idris Jones aged 57 (Packer);
Mr John Percival Jones aged 56 (Repairer);
Mr Joseph John King aged 56 (Packer);
Mr Dennis Edmund Lane aged 19 (Wireman);
Mr George Henry Luffman aged 55 (General Workman);
Mr Telford Cecil Mapp age 42 (General Workman);
Mr Herbert Amos Mayberry aged 55 (Dumper);
Mr William John Morden aged 52 (Engine Driver);
Mr Sidney Moore aged 54 (Repairer);
Mr Colin Malcolm Donald Morgan aged 26 (Repairer);
Mr Colin Reginald Morgan aged 22 (Assistant Repairer);
Mr Ray Martin Morgan aged 44 (Repairer);
Mr Iswyn Morris aged 44 (Deputy Grade II);
Mr Anthony Verdun Partridge aged 20 (Assistant Borer);
Mr William Henry Partridge aged 45 (Borer);
Mr Trevor Paul aged 25 (Assistant Repairer);
Mr Wilfred Alfred Charles Phipps aged 60 (Cutterman);
Mr Albert George Pinkett aged 45 (Collier);
Mr Frederick Rees aged 37 (Fitter Grade II);
Mr Mansel Reynolds aged 21 (Measurer);
Mr William Glyn Reynolds aged 21 (Assistant Repairer);
Mr Wilfred Hughes Thomas aged 57 (Repairer);
Mr Arthur Waters aged 37 General Workman);
Mr Phillip John Watkins aged 53 (Engine Driver);
Mr Wilfred Weston aged 47 (Water Infuser on Panzer);
Mr Frederick White aged 58 (Under-Manager);
Mr William Burdon Whittingham aged 55 (Assistant Repairer);
Mr Richard John Williams aged 51 (General Workman);
Mr John Woosnam aged 24 (Fitter Grade I):

(More information to come).

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