1938 – Whelpton, William Edward

William Edward Whelpton worked at Markham Colliery as a Rope Greaser. After a service in Newbold Parish Church he was buried in the churchyard there. He was 32 years old and left a widow and one son, John Whelpton who was born on 27 February 1935, so he was 3 years old at the time of his father’s death. 

Derbyshire Times

The funeral of Mr. W. E. Whelpton (32), 48, Hill Top Road, Old Whittington, Chesterfield. took place at Newbold Parish Churchyard. The Rev. L. C. Cutlack officiated.


The artwork dedicated to Willian 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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