1973 – Charles Richard Turner
Researched by Local Historian Sandra Struggles:
On Monday night, 30th July 1973, Charles and his wife Gladys had planned to visit friends for a cup of tea and a chat, but around 2.30pm that afternoon, officials came from the pit to tell Gladys that her husband would not be coming home. There had been a dreadful accident with the pit cage, and Charles was among the dead. Charles had been a miner since leaving school aged 14 years. He had only been at Markham for four months after transferring from Oxcroft. Charles of 29, Brook Street, Hasland, died aged 60 years. He was cremated at Brimington and left his widow Gladys and one son.