1973 – Brocklehurst, Joseph William

Source: Derbyshire Times

Joseph William Brocklehurst had worked at Markham Colliery for eighteen years. He had been a Deputy for ten of those years.
He served as a Sergeant in the Second World War with the Royal Corps of Signals for seven years, serving in Burma, North Africa and Egypt.
He was seriously injured in the cage crash in 1973 and died later in hospital. He was a member of the Markham Colliery division of the St John Ambulance Brigade and his colleagues formed a guard of honour at his funeral. He was 54 years old and left a widow, four daughters and one son.
Joseph was cremated at Brimington.


Derbyshire Times 3rd August 1973

The two latest victims of the disaster were Mr Joseph William Brocklehurst and Mr. Albert Tyler. The former died on Thursday week and the latter on Friday. Both funerals took place yesterday afternoon.

Mr Brocklehurst (59), 2 Ashgate Road, Chesterfield, had been a miner all his life, except for active service with the Royal Corps of Signals during the World War. He began working at Grassmoor Colliery when he left school and later moved to Williamthorpe, from where he was transferred to Markham Colliery 18 years ago. For the past ten years he had been a deputy and for the same period had been a keen serving member of the St. Johns Ambulance Brigade. Mr Brocklehurst had been married for 36 years. He leaves a widow, four daughters, a son and seven grand-children.


The artwork dedicated to Joseph 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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