Commemorating the death of 14 year old Arthur William Moore, who was tragically killed on 31st December 1936, New Years Eve, while working underground at Tilmanstone Colliery. He was buried at All Saints Church, Waldershare.
Some information from the Coroners report: –
He cycled to work with his father William Moore who the report says ‘worked at the bottom of the shaft’. On the 1958 Manpower Survey there is an Onsetter W Moore who was over 65 years old at the time of the survey. Presumably Arthur’s father. An Onsetter was a man responsible for ringing signals to the winding engine man.
The haulage engine driver was a Cyril Herbert William Hewish of Westfield, Shepherdswell. Also on the 1958 Manpower Survey there is a deputy W Hewish who is over 65 years old. Is this the same man?
The deputy who attended the accident was a Walter Durbin of 24 Milner Road, Elvington. Again on the 1958 Manpower Survey there is a W Durbin who was over 65, and a Pit Bottom Overman. An Overman was like a Senior Foreman. The career progression was from Deputy to Overman.
Also mentioned in the report as witnesses , but not on the 1958 Manpower Survey are: –
Thomas Gilmore, 7 Larch Road, Elvington
William Hunt, 2 Highbury Villas, Sandwich Road, Eythorne
John Stevens, 5 Hillside, Shepherdswell
Ernest Copley, 114 London Road, Dover