1973 – Chapman, Harry (Henry)

Source: Derbyshire Times

Derbyshire Times 3rd August 1973

Pit Deputy, Mr. Harry Chapman, of 2, Whiteleas Avenue, North Wingfield had spent Sunday at the colliery on safety work-part of his duties as a pit official. Mr. Chapman who was 48 had worked in Derbyshire mines since he left school and moved to Markham after the shut-down of Morton Colliery. He began his mining career at Grassmoor. His wife, Mary, said “I knew nothing about the accident until my son came home from work and told me of the disaster. I just expected him home at 3 o’clock as usual ….” Mr. Chapman’s main hobby was gardening and he was a well-known in the area for his growing of chrysanthemums. He was a member of Holmgate Horticultural Society. He is survived by his wife (Mary) and two children, Peter (17) and Lynn (20). His son and daughter both work for Clay Cross firms.


The artwork dedicated to Harry was installed on 10 December 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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