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Message Number: 97 - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 17:49:09 GB
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Name:  Andrew Harris

Hello I'm hoping in visiting your site to find some information about or get a better understanding of what life was like for my Great Grandad Samuel Smart as a Black Country miner.

I'm the proud owner of two lapel badges that belonged to him one which says Cannock Chase Deputies Association around the edge and the has the word Justice running diagonally across its front. The second which has a figure of a miner inside a shield with National Association of Colliery Deputies around its edge.

I'd love to know more about these badges and the role of Deputies like my Great Grandad.


Andy Harris

Message Number: 96 - Friday, January 27, 2017 13:48:52 GB
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Name:  Richard Wallbank


I was born and raised in Great Wyrley and worked at Wyrley no. 3 colliery but with regard to message number 284 I cannot recall any opencast mining occuring in Great Wyrley. Churchbridge and Landywood yes but not Great Wyrley but then maybe my memory is not what it was.

best regards

Message Number: 95 - Friday, January 20, 2017 17:11:01 GB
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Name:  john burns

Im interested in any Records, Photographs, Maps which reference open cast minning that took place in Great Wyrley.

Message Number: 94 - Tuesday, November 29, 2016 15:38:59 GB
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Name:  Ian Whitehouse

I now live in Scotland, however I'm originally from Walsall Wood and several of my ancestors worked at Walsall Wood Colliery. Upon leaving school in 1972 I worked at Brownhills Motor Sales on the site of the colliery for 5 years.

Message Number: 93 - Wednesday, November 23, 2016 22:21:55 GB
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Name:  carl baxter

great very good

Message Number: 92 - Friday, November 4, 2016 18:37:52 GB
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Name:  John Bevan

I moved to Rugeley in 1957 from the

wirral having done my face traing at Sutton Manor St Helens. How I came to mve was because they were recruiting men for Cannock coal mines and yeu got a house after 3 monthe pluse a £50 settleing in grant. I was sent to Littleton , I got a stint on 18s where i worked for about 6yrs before going on a coalbord coure and got my Deputies certicate and started shorfireing before moving to Widnes in 1964 to work at Cronton Colliery till 1966 whent I finnished in the Pits. I remmember when I was at Littleton going on the noon shift to find when the were recapping the winding robe the supports holding one of the cages wre pulled from underneath and down the shaft went the cage smashes

d the pit bottom so that shaft was out of action for a week, we had to go down the other shaft. I finnaly moved back to the wirral . I will be 84 this Dec 4th. John Bevan

Message Number: 91 - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:37:46 GB
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Name:  marylyn pugh

My grandfather, Thomas Tranter was a miner. I am trying to find where he worked.