1973 – Briggs, Clarence

George Clarence Briggs had spent all his working life at Markham and had been a Deputy for about 6 years. On the day of the accident George and his friend Dennis Stone should have been on day release at College but it was closed and so they went to work. Dennis Stone survived.
George’s brother, Roy worked in the Area Workshops and was one of the first on the rescue party. George’s daughter, Pat was at work and heard it on the radio. George was 52 years and left his widow Sheila and daughter, Pat. He was cremated at Brimington.


Derbyshire Times.

Mr. Clarence Briggs, of 264, Spital Lane, Chesterfield, had spent all his working life at Markham and was promoted to a deputy six years ago. He had just returned to work after the pit’s annual holiday. Apart from work he was a keen snooker player and golfer. He is survived by his wife Sheila and daughter Pat.

He was born at Duckmanton and had lived at his present home at Spital Lane, Chesterfield, for 15 years.


The the artwork dedicated to Clarence was unveiled in July 2020 in Zone 2, see the map here. You can watch a short commemorative film here.


Further Information

Markham Colliery 1973 disaster

List of miners killed in the 1973 disaster.


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