1938 – Sherwin, William

Source: Derbyshire Times

1938 – WILLIAM SHERWIN, Engine Driver, 64

William Sherwin of 11 Duckmanton Road, Duckmanton, was due to retire in September 1938.  He was one of the first to be recovered from the pit.  William was widowed several years prior to the disaster.  He left seven sons and one daughter.  He was buried at Bolsover.

William was commemorated in December 2015. The location of the artwork can be found in zone 3 on the trail map which can be downloaded here.


Researched by Local Historian Sandra Struggles:

Reproduced from the Sheffield Independent (14 May 1938) – 

“William Sherwin, a 64 year old miner whose body was one of the first to be recovered from the pit was to have retired in September, when he would have been 65. He leaves seven sons and one daughter, his wife having died some years ago. ‘We could not get him to give up his work’ one of his sons, Mr Harold Sherwin of Chesterfield told a reporter. ‘He barely escaped the last explosion at Markham Colliery in January last year and had just come off the shift when it happened’. ‘Following that, he had his leg broken in a pit accident, but he insisted on returning to the pit until he was compelled to retire”.


Other 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 Bolsover


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