1938 – Kirk, Rowe

Source: Derbyshire Times

Derbyshire Times Friday 13thMay 1938

Of the Barlbro’ victims, Mr Rowe Kirk was probably the best known by reason of his active part in the social activities of the parish. For over 50 years he had been a member of the Parish Church choir, and in pre-war days was prominently associated with the old Barlbro’ Choral Society. He was the check-weighman at Southgate Colliery, Clowne, until the pit was closed down in 1929 owing to flooding and was popular with the men. To the last he was secretary to the local penny-in-the-£ scheme, was a trustee of the Miners Welfare, and for several years was a member of the Parish Council. Sport also claimed his wholehearted support, and he assisted the de Rodes Cricket Club in its palmiest days, being a good all-rounder. Mr Kirk was an uncle of Mr Harold Kirk, until recently the manager of Ireland Colliery, and now the agent of Markham Collieries. He leaves a widow and a grown-up son and daughter.

Rowe was commemorated on the 16 September 2021. The location of the artwork dedicated to Rowe can been seen here in Zone 1. You can watch the short launch video here.

Further Information

Markham Colliery 1938 disaster

List of miners killed and injured in the 1938 disaster

List of miners killed in the 1938 disaster who were buried in Barlborough


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