1973 – Brooks, Clifford
1973 – CLIFFORD BROOKS, Deputy, 58
Clifford Brooks of 138 Alma Road, North Wingfield, was a Deputy at Oxcroft for nineteen years before his transfer to Markham Colliery where he only worked for three months. He was due to work the night-shift on Monday, but agreed to a fatal last minute switch because a workmate was on holiday. 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.
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