1973 – Fred Reddish
Researched by Local historian Sandra Struggles:
Fred Reddish was only on that ill-fated cage because he had changed shifts with a workmate. He was normally on the afternoon shift, but had been working days for three weeks, so that he could help out in the evenings at Staveley Miners Welfare where he was a well liked and respected member of the committee. With Ireland Pit being on holiday there were not enough members to help with the evening social activities. Fred had been a miner since he left school at 14 years old. He was a keen gardener and had an allotment in Staveley. Fred was married with a son and three daughters. He lived at 7, Chesterfield Road, Staveley, and was 53 years old when he died.