1938 – Lavender, Harry

Source: Derbyshire Times

Family History Researched by Paul Burkitt:

Harry Lavender was born in Brimington in November 1899. He was the second child of Henry Lavender (1874 – 1932) and Sarah Ann Straw (1872 – 1950). On the 1901 Census, they lived on Brockhill in Brimington. On the 1911 Census they had moved to 2 Markham Road in Duckmanton, Harry was 11 years old and going to the local school.

Harry married Mary Ann Milnes in 1921 in the Chesterfield registration district. They had six children in total. Two twin boys, Albert and Alan, were born in 1924, but died in the same year. In 1935 he had passed the Ambulance exams and joined the Markham Collieries Ambulance Division. He was also a member of the Markham bowling club.

When Harry was killed in the Markham Colliery disaster of 10 May 1938 he was living with his family (wife and four children) at 67 Poolsbrook Road, Duckmanton, in Derbyshire and was employed as a ripper. He was buried with his ambulance cap in Duckmanton churchyard.


Harry was commemorated on the 26th September 2018. The location of the artwork dedicated to Harry can been seen here. Zone 4.


To view a filmed interview with Frank Milnes about Harry Lavender & Ted Pether click here.


Further information can be downloaded here.

Harry Lavender

Harry Lavender Family Tree


Further Information:

Markham Colliery 1938 disaster

List of miners killed and injured in the 1938 disaster


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