1938 – Gee-Pemberton, Colin

Source: Derbyshire Times

1938 – COLIN GEE-PEMBERTON, Belt Hand, 30

Colin Gee-Pemberton of 13 Barbers Row, Renishaw, had been employed at Markham Colliery for eleven years.  His father was also a coal miner.  In 1933 Colin married Eliza Maxfield in Barlborough.  They had two daughters Dorothy and Marjorie.  His wife was expecting their third child at the time of the disaster,  Pauline was born five months later.  He was a former footballer and had served a full period in the Sherwood Foresters Territorials.  Colin was buried in Barlborough cemetery in a mass grave with nine other Barlborough miners.

Colin was commemorated on 29th May 2019. The location of the artwork can be found in zone 17 on the trail map which can be downloaded here.


Sheffield Independent 11th May 1938

At 13 Barbers Row, Renishaw, Mrs. Colin Gee-Pemberton was being consoled by neighbours. Married six years, she has two daughters and is expecting a another event in a few months’ time. Several of the neighbours said number 13 had proved once more to be an unlucky one. Her father-in-law told our representative that last week Mrs. Gee-Pemberton told him of an awful dream she had had of seeing her husband brought home on a stretcher. Since then she had dreaded to think of the future and was always pleased when her husband was at home. Mr Gee-Pemberton had been employed at the Markham Colliery for 11 years and would have celebrated his 30th birthday today. A former footballer, he had served a full period in the Sherwood Foresters Territorials.

A year after the disaster, family members placed ‘In Memoriam’ notices in the Derbyshire Times on the 12th May 1939.

GEE-PEMBERTON – In loving memory of my dear son, COLIN, who passed away in the Markham Explosion, May 10th. 1938.

We think of him in silence,
What would we give to clasp his hand

And see him smile again.

           – From loving Dad

GEE-PEMBERTON -In loving memory of out dear brother, COLIN, who died in the Markham Pit Disaster, May 10th 1938.

“Memories are treasures no one can steal;

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.”

  – From his Sisters and Brother,
Elsie, Evelyn, Becky and Jack.


GEE-PEMBERTON – In loving memory of a dear husband and daddy, COLIN GEE-PEMBERTON, Barlboro’ who lost his life in the Markham Disaster, 10th May 1938.

Little did we know when we woke that morning

The sorrow the day would bring;

The call was so sudden, the shock severe

To part with one we loved so dear.

– From loving Wife and Daughters – Dorothy, Marjorie, Pauline


Further Information can be downloaded here:

Colin Gee-Pemberton

Colin Gee-Pemberton family tree

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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