1973 – Briggs, Clarence

1973- CLARENCE BRIGGS, Deputy, 52

George Clarence Briggs of 264, Spital Lane, Chesterfield, was born in Duckmanton and had spent all his working life at Markham.  He was a keen snooker player and golfer.  He had been a Deputy for about six years and 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 left his widow Sheila and daughter Pat.  He was cremated at Brimington.

Clarence was commemorated in July 2020. The location of the artwork can be found in zone 11 on the trail map which can be downloaded here.

 You can watch a short commemorative film here.


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.


Further Information

Markham Colliery 1973 disaster

List of miners killed in the 1973 disaster.


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