1973 – Birkin, Joseph

Joseph (Joe) Birkin of Birkinstyle Lane, Shirland worked in the mines as a Coal Face Worker since leaving school at the age of 14 years, starting at Morton Colliery until its closure in 1965 when he transferred to Markham.  He was a keen gardener specialising in Dahlias, Chrysanthemums and Sweet Peas and loved his Alsatian dogs. Joe’s wife Sadie ran a general grocery shop attached to their house for over forty years, and Joe often helped Sadie at weekends by collecting stock from local Cash and Carry warehouses. Having spent his full working life down the mines, at the age of 60 years Joe was very much looking forward to his retirement – sadly this was not to be.  Joe left his widow Sadie and twin daughters Sadie & Lynn aged 21 years. He is buried in St Leonards Churchyard, Shirland.


The commemoration took place on 16th September 2019. The location of the artwork dedicated to Joseph can been seen here in Zone 3.


Further Information

Markham Colliery 1973 disaster

List of miners killed in the 1973 disaster.


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