Edge Green No. 9

The awful price of coal was paid by the town in November 1932 when there was an explosion at the colliery. Many people heard and felt the blast beneath their feet as No.9 'went up' . They had no doubts what the sound and tremor meant. For some weeks the town was the centre of national attention and was left the lasting scars of disaster.

EDGE GREEN. Garswood Hall No.9 Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire. 12th. November, 1932.

Edward Mitchell aged 55 years, a married man of 7, Russell Street, Wigan who was a pit setter's labourer. He had burns to the lips and superficial on the face, singed hair.

Joseph Pimblett aged 60 years. A married man of 6, Golborne Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, a bricksetter. He had superficial burns and numerous small cuts.

Ernest Yates aged 22 years, a single man, of 315, Bolton Road., Ashton-in-Makerfield. He had a small burn on right shoulder.

Joseph Lowe aged 64 years. A married man of Birch View, Edge Green, Ashton-in-Makerfield who was the colliery fireman. He had superficial burns.

Joseph Hill aged 39 years of 249, Edge Green Lane, Golborne who was a collier. He had extensive superficial burns.

Joel Prescott aged 43 years. A single man of Edge Green Lane, Golborne who was a collier. He had superficial burns and no other injuries.

Frederick Hughes aged 50 years, a married man who lived at 67, Golborne Road, Ashton-in Makerfield. He was a collier and had superficial burns and no other injuries.

John Pownall aged 56 years. A married man of 46 Church Street, Golborne who was a winner. He had superficial burns and no other injuries.

William Campbell aged 41 years of 3, Leigh Street, Golborne. He had extensive and superficial burns and no other injuries.

Henry Pennington. A married man of 8, Dane St., Golborne and was a collier, aged 44 years. He had extensive and superficial burns and no other injuries.

Gordon Rowland Bell aged 52 years. A married man of 6, Helen Street, Golborne who was a collier. He had superficial burns and a scalp wound.

Peter Thornton aged 42 years, of 14, Child Street, Golborne who was a collier. He had extensive and superficial burns and no other injuries.

William Catterall aged 50 years. He had superficial burns and abrasions to the left side of the face as though he had fallen heavily in dust. He was a married man of 34, Golborne Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield who was a collier.

Thomas Woolham aged 37 years who had superficial burns and no other injuries. He was a married man of 4, Church Street, Downall Green who was a collier.

James Broughton Brogan aged 41 years. A married man of 26, Liverpool Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield who was a collier. He had superficial burns abrasions to the head and a small scalp wound at the back of the head.

Harold Woodcock aged 29 years. He had extensive burns and no other injuries. He was a married man of 12, Edge Green Street, Ashton who was a collier.

Thomas Lyons aged 20 years, a single man who was a haulage hand of 34, Dan Lane, Golborne. Burned from head to foot, very severe over the lower part of the thighs back and front. Deep cut three inches long to the bone on the right side of the forehead caused post mortem; bone not fractured at site of injury. Swelling over left upper arm and shoulder.

Alfred Gill aged 26 years. A married man of 54, Warrington Road, Platt Bridge who was a collier. He had extensive and superficial burns over the arms, calves, abdomen and over the back, but no other injuries.

William Carless aged 18 years a single man of 9, Lily Lane, Ashton who was a haulage hand. He was burnt on both legs right below the knee and inside the thigh. He was burnt on the front left thigh and leg hair singed; both arms burnt mostly on the right; no other injuries. On his back his right thigh was extensively burnt; posterior (over scapular region) large deeper burnt area 12 inches by 6 inches, roughly the upper part of back also burnt. He had no other injuries.

William Kenny aged 30 years. A single collier of 12, School Street, Golborne who had superficial burns from head to foot. Feet protected by clogs; no other injuries.

Austin McDonald aged 28 years. A single collier of 46, York Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield. His face and hair singed and extensive superficial burns to the arms and chest and legs. Deeper degree of burning over the whole of the right side of the chest; also to the inner side of the thigh and legs. There was a blister containing clear fluid at the back of the waist and a deep cut over lower third of right shin.

Herbert Hughes aged 23 years who lived with his father, who was also killed, at 67, Golborne Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield. He had superficial and extensive burns all over the body. Four small wounds cut over the left eye, comminuted fracture of left elbow.

Joseph Clough aged 20 years. A drawer who was single and had burns to the forearms and hands, thighs and legs and eyelashes singed. Simple fracture of the lower third left leg.

Fred Lodge aged 36 years. He had burns confined to his back and a simple fracture to the lower left third of the left leg. He was a single man of 8, Druid Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield who was a drawer and Hector Beddows. An engine boy aged 16 years of 39, North Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield who was a drawer. He had both hands severely burnt, hair and eyebrows singed, burning passing along the thighs, body pitted where it was pressed against the floor. A piece of coal about three quarters of an inch was driven into the left upper arm. Badly crushed compound fracture of the right leg caused in the opinion of the doctor after death.
In every case carbon monoxide gas was the immediate cause of death although some burning was very extensive. Any other injuries were comparatively slight and would not themselves cause death with the exception of the injuries of Beddows, and possibly Clough and Lodge.

Those who had been got out of the mine alive but injured and were taken to Wigan Infirmary were:

George Dallimore aged 50 years. He had superficial burns to the arms, chest and head. Moustache singed and hair as well. He was asleep and unable to be questioned. Tannic acid treatment was administered at the colliery and continued in hospital. He died on the 18th. November 1932,

Patrick Quinn aged 55 years, a shotfirer of Golborne Road who had a compound fractures to both legs, dislocation of the right ankle, lacerated ear, fractured jaw. He was too ill to be questioned in hospital. The visual signs of carbon monoxide poisoning which was shown by the pigmentation to the face and lips was absent. This could have been due to the time that had elapsed. He died 19th. November 1932,

William Williams aged 22 years of Bank Street, Golborne who suffered from shock and the effects of gas.

John Devenny of Colliery Cottage, Edge Green, Golborne who suffered from the effects of gas and shock.

George Gilmore aged 50 years of Victoria Road, Platt Bridge who had burns to the face and shock.


The victims were buried at St. Thomas' C. of E., Ashton-in-Makerfield, St. Oswald's, Ashton-in-Makerfield and Downall Green Parish Church.

From: The Report on the Causes and Circumstances attending the Explosion which occurred at the Edge Green No.9 Colliery, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, on the 12th. November, 1932 by Sir Henry Walker, C.B.E., LL.D. H.M. Chief Inspector of Mines. Cmd. 4292.

The colliery was abandoned after the explosion and the shaft filled, but even as this was going on it exploded again, injuring no one but throwing the cage into the headgear.

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