Woodhorn Colliery Disaster. 13th. August 1916.
Thirteen men were killed in the disaster.
A gas explosion happened at about 6.45am on Sunday.
When the first rescuers reached the scene, they discovered a roof fall about nine yards along the drift.
Men found there were either dead or dying.
Two men were brought out alive but they were suffering from terrible burns and they later died in hospital.
“Our civilisation is founded on coal” wrote George Orwell in 1937; at its peak a century ago, Britain’s coal-mining industry employed more than a million people. Today the figure is under 700 and many of the former mining communities have never recovered. woodhorn
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