1973 – Brooks, Clifford

Source: Derbyshire Times

Clifford Brooks had been a miner for years but had only worked at Markham Colliery for three months. Clifford left a widow, and was cremated at Brimington.

Derbyshire Times 3rd August 1973

Monday’s tragedy claimed, two life-long friends and workmates at Oxcroft Colliery for over 20 years – Mr. Clifford Brookes and Mr Charlie Turner. They had been drinking together at a local pub on Sunday evening, only a few hours before the tragedy occurred. Mr Brookes (58) of 138 Alma Road, North Wingfield, was a deputy at Oxcroft for 19 years before his transfer to Markham Colliery only three months ago. He was due to work the night-shift on Monday, but agreed to a fatal last minute switch because a workmate was on holiday. A native of Holmewood, he had been a miner all his working life. He leaves a widow.


The artwork dedicated to Clifford 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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