Extracts from Newspapers re Palterton 1941 to 1950

Derby Daily Telegraph dated 3 September 1940.


News has been received by Mrs. J. Gallety, of 11?, Francis-street, Derby, that her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy May Brack, has died at Amarillo, Texas, U.S.A.  Mrs. Brack will be remembered by many Derby people as Miss Dorothy Robinson, who, until her marriage in 1920, was a well-known singer locally. She was associated with St. Mark's Church, Derby, and sang at many of the church social events.  She was soloist at the unveiling ceremony of the war memorial on Nottingham-road, opposite St. Mark's-road, and was a member of a number of concert parties in the town.  Mrs. Brack was the daughter the late Mr. A. J. Robinson, Palterton, Chesterfield, her mother's first husband.  Mr. Brack, an American mining engineer, came to Derbyshire to bore for oil at Hardstaff  After their marriage he and Mrs. Brack went to Venezuela, Spain, and Trinidad before settling at Amarillo.  There are three sons.


Derbyshire Times Friday, April 2. 1943


Miner Found Asphyxiated on Bed

Fumes from Burning Settee

A remarkable story was revealed at the inquest at Bolsover on Tuesday on John Thomas Shepperd (37) miner, North View, Palterton whose body was found on Sunday morning in a bedroom at his home after a fire had been discovered in the downstairs front room of the house. Lewis Shepperd, miner, Ten Row, Palterton told the District Coroner (Mr. F. D. Worthington) that on Sunday about 6.5 a.m. he was told that smoke was coming from his brothers house. On going into the kitchen there was a sudden gust of flames and he was driven out.  He ran home to get a stirrup pump and with assistance tried to put the fire out. at no time did he go upstairs and he did not think there was anybody in the house.


Dr. J. B. McKay said that when he arrived about 7 a.m. firemen were performing artificial respiration on Sheppard but life was extinct.  The typical pink colour was consistent monoxide poisoning and there were extensive burns involving the right arm, the buttocks and both legs.  Such burns must have been caused when the man was lyng on his back.  Death was due to asphyxia caused by the inhalation of toxic fumes.

Leading fireman Joseph Arnold Kay, 8 Church Street, Clowne stationed at Bolsover said the place was full of smoke when his unit arrived but there were no flames.  The contents of the front room were severely damaged, and all that was left of the settee were the springs, Which had dropped through the burnt-away floor boardings.  In the front bedroom where the air was terribly hot he could see nothing at first for smoke, but then found Shepperd's body lying across the bed.  The man had only got his shirt, shoes and socks on. With the assistance of another fireman, Shepperd was carried to the house next door, where artificial respiration was carried out until the doctor arrived.  The burns could not possibly have been received in the position in which he was found.


A next door neighbour Mrs. Lily Frith, said that about mid-night she heard the sound of voices as though Shepperd and his wife were quarrelling.  She then went to bed and after she had been asleep some time, she heard Shepperd calling what sounded to be “Hey, hey” but she thought he was calling to his wife.  She awoke about ten minutes to six to find her bedroom full of smoke and on seeing smoke pouring out of Sheppard's house, she shouted for assistance.

The widow, Mrs Edith May Sheppard went out about 1 p.m. on Saturday.  She found him in a public house and he had a good deal to drink.  He refused to go home, used dirty language and banged her about in the public house yard.  She left him and he went back into the public house to which she returned about 10.10 p.m.  After closing time, she had to virtually push him home.  He started with his filthy talk again and threw a kettle of boiling water at her and the two children.  When he told them to clear out or he would “do them in” she went with her children and stayed the night at her mother's house.  That would be about midnight.


Mrs Sheppard said it was a custom of her husband's to lie on the settee and smoke especially after he had had a drink.  He often lay there all night.  There was only a very small fire in the grate when she left, and her husband was fully clothed.  She had walked out of the house before, and had taken out a summons for persistent cruelty, but the case was adjourned, so they might be brought together.  The first she knew abut the fire was when she was told at 6.20 a.m. on Sunday morning.

P.C. Oliver (Pleasley) said his enquiries confirmed Mrs. Sheppard's statement.  He found the man's trousers in the bedroom and it was obvious that he could not have been wearing them when he was burnt because they were not damaged in the slightest. I


The Corner said it was clear that the man was fuddled with drink and must have lain on the settee to smoke.  Somehow the settee got on fire and began to smoulder.  It was possible that the man fell asleep and whilst so, received the burns.  At that time he must have had his trousers off.  He must have woke up and gone upstairs to get away from the smoke – if he had not been fuddled he would have made some effort to put the fire out.  Whilst he lay on the bed upstairs, the fire got worse and the fumes mounted.  The man did not die from the burns which were not severe enough to cause death so quickly but from asphxia from inhaling the smoke and fumes.  A pathological test of the sample of blood carried out at Chesterfield Royal Hospital had proved that he must have inhaled a certain amount of carbon monoxide.

A verdict of 'death by misadventure' was returned.

Dr. McKay congratulated members of the N.F.S. upon the proper way in which they had carried out artificial respiration until he arrived, even though it seemed apparent that life was extinct and these remarks were endorsed by the Coroner who asked the witness Kay to convey them to the rest of the unit.  Det. Sgt. T.H.Walker represented the police at the proceedings.
Sheppard was a miner at Glapwell Colliery. The funeral was at Scarcliffe yesterday. (Thursday).
GRO Ref: 2nd. Qtr.1943. Vol.7b. page749.  Chesterfield.


Derbyshire Times Friday, August 27, 1943


Underground "Man Conveyor" Runs Away

One Man Dead: Several Injured

A number of miners were injured - one fatally - as a result of an unusual accident in Glapwell no. 1 Colliery at 6.30 a.m. yesterday (Thursday) morning.  It is understood that the underground "man conveyor" taking the men to their work, ran away, and the men were injured when they jumped off.  The dead man is William Thomas Lilley (60), married, "The Beeches", Sutton Scarsdale, who received severe head injuries.
In all, six men, including Lilley, were taken to the Chesterfield Hospital. Two of them are retained suffering from serious injuries.  They are: Luke Greaves, Winsick, Hasland, who has concussion and Alonso Newbold, 9, Hardwick Street, Tibshelf, who has abdominal injuries.  Later in the day, they were stated to be slightly improved.


Three other miners received attention and were then sent home.  They were Gorge (sic) Grattage (50), 4,Holmebank West, Ashgate, Chesterfield, laceration of the head; Darwin Ross (48), 23 Mill Lane, Hill Top, Bolsover, shoulder and chest injury; James Dickenson (62) Transvaal Row, Palterton, rib injury.  Fourteen men were slightly injured and received attention at the colliery ambulance station.
There were about 50 men on the conveyor which consists of a number of flat trams.  It is understood that for some reason, due to the braking system, it gathered speed considerably in excess of the normal, which is little more than walking pace.  Most of the men jumped off whilst it was going at speed and received their injuries whilst doing so.  The emegency brake was afterwards applied and brought the conveyor to a standstill.


An official statement from the colliery said that the brake pin came out and allowed the "man riding set" taking the men to work on the day shift, to run faster than usual.  The duplicate brake was applied and brought the train to a standstill.  Unfortunately when the train was running at a faster speed the men jumped off and many of them suffered injury.
Interviewed Mr. Grattage said there were between 50 and 60 on the conveyor.  When it suddenly gathered speed they realised that something was wrong and that it was, in fact, running away.  The men at once started jumping off, and he (Grattage) received a laceration over the eye when he was caught by the toe of the boot of the man following.  There were lamps and caps all over the place as the men jumped.  The emergency brake stopped the train further on.


Derbyshire Times Friday, September 10, 1943.


Why the "Paddy Mail" Ran Away

Statements at Inquest

The incident in Glapwell No. 1 pit on the morning of August 26th. when the underground "Paddy Mail" taking 100 men on the day shift to work, ran away, and Wm. Thomas Lilley (63), "The Beeches", Sutton Scarsdale, was fatally injured, was the subject of an inquest at Chesterfield on Thursday week.  The men jumped off and a number were injured.  Lilley died two hours after admission to Chesterfield Royal Hospital from cerebral hemorrhage.  Two other men who were detained are making good progress.
The District Coroner (Mr.F.D.Worthington) returned a verdict of "Acciidental Death" and added, "I have come to the conclusion that this man jumped off the train and I do nor think it was his own fault.  There was a sudden emergency and the men deemed it the wisest thing to do as a possible chance of avoiding injury.  Asd it turned out no injury would probably have resulted had he stopped on the train, but his death was undoubtedly caused by the breaking down of the braking system".
The Coroner expressed sympathy with the relatives and Mr.T.O.Wrightson (colliery agent) and Mr. J.Kitts, compensation agent D.M.A., joined in the expression. The Rev. G.W.Ready represented the relatives.
George Canlin, 23, Nesbit Street, Hillstown, a ripper and a passenger on the man haulage train, said everything was normal at the start, but after 100 yards the train gathered speed and went faster and faster.  The men started jumping off and he followed suit.  When he had picked himself up he found several men injured.  The train pulled up about 250 yards further on.  It was not derailed.

Questioned witness said he had never known the "paddy" do any thing like that before.  It was going twice as fast as normal when they jumped.
John Henry Redfern, 14, Oxford St., Bramley Vale, colliery deputy questioned by Mr.Kitts, said there were no notices in the pit telling men not to leave the "mail" when in motion.
Alfred Reaney, 10, Central St., Chesterfield, the train conductor said there were 32 trams on the train with about 100 men on board.  He noticed the speed gradually increase until it got dangerously fast.  He looked round and saw some of the men jumping off, but he (witness) stopped on as he considered it was his duty to do so.  The train travelled 490 yards before pulling up and the six or seven men who stopped on were safe.
Questioned by the Coroner, witness said there were no brakes on the train itself.   The control was in the engineroom.
John Thomas Gee, Scotland Yard, Palterton, underground engine driver operating the workmens train said he moved the train by releasing the brake in the normal way, after getting a signal from the conductor.  It had proceeded about 100 yards when he applied the brake a little to keep within its normal speed of about 4 miles an hour.  The brake lever "dropped from under his foot" and it was obvious for some reason the brake was absolutely useless.  It was a big shock, and when he recovered from that he applied the emergency brake straight away.  During the interval the train had got a big speed, probably 15 miles an hour and a terribly dangerous speed in the pit. 


When he got the emergency brake down he also applied sand and the train was pulled up 490 yards from the starting point.  An examination showed that a split cotter at the end of the pin fixing the pedal to the brake lever had come out.  One end had sheared off and the pin had worked out.
Herbert Gould, 5, Doe Lea, fitter and greaser, said he examined the engine and gear after the accident and found that the cotter on the pin connecting the brake lever and the pedal had come out.  It was worn, probably by vibration.  He did not examine it sufficiently to say whether or not the pin fractured.
Albert Edward Robinson, Sutton Hall Road, Carr Vale, enginewright said he inspected the engine once a week, at least.  He examined the brake mechanism on the Saturday before the accident and the pin then showed no sign of wear.  He examined the pin after the accident and formed the opinion that the failure of the cotter was due to 90% wear which had caused it to finally give way.  There was no lateral movement in the pedal and the wear must have been caused by the vibration.  It was something quite exceptional and outside his previous experience.  He would expect a cotter in such a position to last a lifetime.


Derby Daily Telegraph dated Wednesday 28 June 1944.


The British Empire Medal has been awarded to two brothers, Albert Groves Calow and George Rolston Calow, of Palterton, near Chesterfield, for rescuing a man from a blazing aircraft.  George was first on the scene when the aircraft crashed and caught fire, and later, when Albert arrived, they succeeded in bringing a man from the nose of the aeroplane.  The man's clothing was on fire, but they smothered flames and dragged him through a hole underneath the aeroplane.  Before doing so, however, they had to remove ammunition belts which were exploding inside the machine.  The Calow brothers were badly burned.


Derby Daily Telegraph dated Monday 3 July 1944.

Spare-Time Workers

To Help The Farmers Spare time helpers ranging from school children to policemen are aiding Derbyshire farmers this summer.  Twelve agricultural camps, equipped by the Derbyshire War Agricultural Committee, are to be open from now until September and they will provide upwards of 500 workers each day, Mr. C. Rice, the Agricultural Committee's Labour Officer, told a "Telegraph" representative.  They will be occupied in succession secondary schools, colleges and various youth organisations, and the farmers will be notified of the number of voluntary workers who will be available in each area.  The camps are at Cubley, Tissington, Ticknall, Netherseal, Bretby, Findern, Ashover, Palterton, Belper, Kedleston, Elvaston, and Hargate Hall, Buxton.


Derby Daily Telegraph dated Thursday, 25 October 1950.


A team of 11 women from nine Derbyshire Women's Institutes has won first prize at the Dairy Show, Olympia. with a co-operative entry of 14 different preserves.  These preserves can be opened for a family of four at the rate of two a day for a week in midwinter.  A complete menu for each day of the week was sent with the exhibit to enable the judges to check whether the diet was well balanced and interesting.  The entry was organised as a county exhibit by the Derbyshire Federation of Women's Institutes and the team was:  Mrs Williams (Risley), Miss Fletcher (Draycott), Mrs. Havill (Willington). Mrs. Cursley and Mrs. Silverwood (Chellaston), Mrs Edwards (Palterton), Mrs. McWilliam and Mrs. Hough (Bakewell), Mrs. Jordan (Newton Solney), Mrs. Thorn (Tutbury) and Miss Turner (Eckington).

Extracts from Newspapers re Palterton 1941 to 1950

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