1973 – Cooper, Gordon Richard

Source: Derbyshire Times

Derbyshire Times 3rd August 1973

Mr. Gordon Cooper, (30) of 37, East Street, Scarcliffe, usually worked the night shift at No.2 Pit, because of the irregular bus services to Markham from his home, but had agreed to a spell on the day-shift. His widow , Pauline, said “Monday was to be his first day on thew new shift”. A miner for over 14 years, he was among several victims of Monday’s disaster who had been transferred from Oxcroft Colliery only three months ago. He leaves a widow, two daughters, Deborah (7) and Beverley (5), and a two-year-old son, Shaun.

  • Please note the Derbyshire Times account above incorrectly recorded the names of Gordon’s children which should have read Deborah, Kerry and Shane.

To view a filmed interview with Shane Cooper about Gordon, Richard Cooper click here. 


The artwork dedicated to Gordon was unveiled in December 2015 located in Zone 1, see the map here


Further Information

Markham Colliery 1973 disaster

List of miners killed in the 1973 disaster.


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