an you help trace the relatives of 13 miners who tragically lost their lives in the 1937, 1938 and 1973 accidents at Markham Colliery?

Derbyshire County Council would like to get in touch with the relatives of the men who are set to be commemorated with a life-size steel figure as part of the ‘Walking Together’ mining memorial.

The memorial – led by the county council and the Markham Vale Heritage Group – will eventually feature 106 life-size steel figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead.

Each figure is part of a walking trail which symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit and back home again and represents the 106 men who lost their lives in the three accidents at the site.

There are now 93 figures in place with the council continuing to work alongside partners to fundraise to see all 106 figures installed by the project’s 10th anniversary in autumn 2022.

Can you help trace the relatives of:

David Bann, 54, Contractor

Alfred Garland, 52, Timber Drawer

Robert Gregson, 36, Contractor

John William Hadley, 31, Contractor

Joseph Hibbard, 51, Timber Drawer

Joseph Lilley, 30, Road Repairer

Felix Linathan, 48, Contractor

Mark Richards, 31, Ripper

Samuel Edward Salt, 41, Deputy

Clarence Silcock, 42, Ripper

Fred Taylor, 53, Contractor

Redvers Baden Whitehead, 37, Shot-firer

Matthew Williams, 36, Contractor

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Clean Growth and Regeneration, Councillor Tony King, said: “We would really like to trace the relatives of the 13 remaining men we will be commemorating as part of our Walking Together mining memorial.

“The memorial is a permanent tribute to the 106 men who tragically lost their lives in three accidents at the site in 1937, 1938 and 1973.

“We have now commemorated 93 out of the 106 men with a life-size figure and we’re hoping to install the remaining 13 by the project’s 10th anniversary in autumn 2022.

“The site is now home to 70 businesses and many new jobs have been created but it’s important that we don’t forget the site’s mining history and the incredibly brave men that worked there.”

If you are a relative of any of the miners or have any information, please email Trudi. saxton@derbyshire.