North Griffin Colliery Blaina – List of Fatalities.
This list of deaths at the Bailey’s Pit, North Griffin Colliery, Blaina covers most of those reported in National and Local Newspapers. This page is fluid and will be updated as more information is received.
Mr Edward Davies. Died Monday 19th November 1855. Cause of death – Mr Davies was about to descend the pit on the platform when the machinery ran wild and he and another collier named Mr James Tucker dropped to pit bottom. Mr Davies died, Mr Tucker was only slightly injured.
Mr Thomas Williams. Died – Thursday 31st October 1872. Cause of death – Mr Williams was a haulier killed by an explosion and later died from his injuries. The explosion also killed his horse.
Mr Abel Clarke, aged 46. Died – Tuesday 10th June 1879. Cause of death – Mr Clarke was struck by a lump of coal that had fell down the shaft from an ascending cage.
Mr Elias Thomas. Died – Wednesday 25th June 1879. Cause of death – Mr Thomas was severely injured on Tuesday 24th June 1879, he was crushed by a stone weighing a ton. There were no hopes of his recovery. Mr Thomas was the son of Mr John Thomas of Rose Heyworth Farm.
Mr William Lee, aged 33. Died – Monday 24th October 1881. Cause of death – Mr Lee had met with an accident in the shaft.
Mr Benjamin Moss, aged 55. Died – Wednesday 26th October 1881. Cause of death – Mr Moss was run over by a dram.
Mr James Trewett, aged 18. Died – Sunday 20th August 1882. Cause of death – Mr Trewett was injured on Saturday 12th August 1882 receiving a fractured leg after being run over by a horse and dram. Reports stated his parents refused to let the doctors amputate the injured leg and an infection set in. His leg had to be amputated though he wasn’t strong enough to recover. Mr James Trewett lived at Brynmawr.
Mr Thomas Lewis. Died – December 1884. Mr Lewis was severely injured on Monday 15th December 1884, it was reported that there were no hopes of a recovery. BDM states that a Mr Thomas Lewis aged 37 had died in December 1884. Mr Lewis lived between Brynmawr and Llanelly.
Mr Charles Williams. Died – Tuesday 24th March 1885. Cause of death – Mr Williams was severely injured in a shot-firing accident on Thursday 19th March 1885 and he died from his injuries on Tuesday 24th March 1885. Mr Williams lived at King Street, Brynmawr.
Mr William Morris, aged 75. Died – Saturday 25th July 1885. Cause of death – Mr Morris was a knocker-man and was found dead at pit bottom. Mr Morris was reported as living near the King William, Garn Fach, Nantyglo.
Master Waite, aged 13, son of Mr James Waite. Died – Tuesday 22nd September 1885. Cause of death – Death caused from a roof fall. Master Waite lived at King Street, Brynmawr.
Mr Frank Athay, aged 57. Died – Saturday 31st July 1886. Cause of death – Mr Athay was injured by being crushed by a horse on a parting on Friday 30th July and died from his injuries on Saturday 31st July 1886.
Mr Charles Sweet, aged 83. Died – December 1889. Cause of death – Mr Sweet had been run over by railway trucks on Monday 9th December 1889 and had to have his both legs amputated. It was reported he had later passed away from his injuries.
Mr James Green, aged 28. Died – 13th March 1891. Cause of death – Death caused by a fall of roof.
Master James Flowers, aged 13. Died – Saturday 6th October 1894. Cause of death – Death caused by being crushed by a journey of drams. Master Flowers was a door-boy.
Mr Thomas McCloy, aged 17. Died – Friday 18th February 1898. Cause of death – Death caused by a fall of coal. Mr McCloy lived at Nantyglo.
Mr John Randall, aged 55. Died Friday 29th April 1904. Cause of death – Mr Randall was injured on the 24th March 1904 and later died from his injuries on Friday 29th April 1904. Mr Randall lived at Queen Street, Blaina.
Mr Titus Davies, aged 50. Died – Friday 29th April 1904. Cause of death – Death caused by being crushed under wagons on the suface yard. Mr Davies lost both legs in the accident and never recovered.
Mr William John Warren, aged 32. Died Monday 8th May 1905. Cause of death – Death caused from an accident received prior to his death, he resumed work though had to finish on April 27th and died Died 8th May 1905.