1938 – Hill, Clarence

Researched by Local Historian Sandra Struggles:

William Hill of 4, Edward Street, Staveley was one of the first volunteers to help with the rescue. “He stumbled across a body and found it was that of his brother Clarence”. Speaking later he told how his brother Clarence nearly missed the shift that night because his baby had the whooping cough and thought he would give his wife a rest but in the end he decided to go because they needed the money. He was buried at Boythorpe.
He left his widow, Louvain, and baby daughter Doreen.


Derbyshire Times 13thMay 1938

Clarence Hill, who was killed is a native of Calow, where he lived until recently, having only just moved into his present home, Bond’s Row, Barker Lane, Chesterfield. He had been employed at Markham Colliery since he was 13 years of age. He leaves a wife and one little girl.


The artwork dedicated to Clarence was unveiled in July 2020 in Zone 2, see the map here. You can watch a short commemorative film here.


Further Information

Markham Colliery 1938 disaster

List of miners killed and injured in the 1938 disaster


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