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Wellington Journal,
May 28th, 1859 (p3)
DAWLEY.

Shrewsbury Chronicle,
Friday May 27th, 1859 (p6)
OLD PARK.
FATAL ACCIDENT IN A COAL PIT

 
 

INQUIRY – On Tuesday last an inquest was held by R D Newill, Esq., coroner, at the Old Park, on view of the body of an unfortunate collier, named Thomas Amies, aged about 40 years, who, whilst engaged at work in a pit belonging to the Old Park Company on Monday last, met with an untimely death by the fall of a quantity of rock and earth from the roof of the working in which he was engaged.  The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

On Monday last, about noon, while a collier named Thomas Amos, was at work in a coal-pit called the Pudley-Hill Coal Pit, Old Park, belonging to Messrs. John Garbett & Co., under the Old Park Iron Company, a portion of the roof of the pit fell on him, injuring him so seriously that he died shortly after being taken home.  The unfortunate man had only resumed work a short time from injuries received at a previous accident.  He has left a wife and six children to mourn his loss.

 

Submitted by Elizabeth Amias

Note: These two newspaper reports, of the same incident (and an ancestor) illustrate the problems faced by family history researchers in trying to trace people through news reports - you need to know all the possible variations of your name!

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