David Page of Thurcroft sent me this fascinating photograph of the Thurcroft colliery fire-fighting team in about 1957. Of especial interest is that most of the fireman are named, which is invaluable to genealogists and coal mining historians.
THURCROFT COLLIERY FIRE FIGHTING TEAM ABOUT 1957.
BACK ROW. RALPH HELLIWELL, BOB MOSS, UNKNOWN, CHARLEY KIDDIE, DICK PICKERING, KEN PHILLIPS, JOE HUDSON, INGRAM LITTLE, HARRY SPARRUM.
MIDDLE ROW . STAN PHILLIPS, JOHNNIE HELLIWELL, TONY OXLEY, TERRY CROFTS, BRIAN THORPE, BILL LOVELY, D STALEY, KEN BENNET.
THIRD ROW. MR GALE, D CAULDFIELD, ARNOLD CHALLENER, BRIAN SANDERSON.
FRONT ROW. CYRIL STALEY, F O,BRIAN, MR KELSALL, MR PARKER, MR QUINN, JOE ROLLETT, ALBERT BRIERLEY, BERNARD CARTWRIGHT, JIM LOVELY.
In Jan 2010 Annette Wade of Thurcroft sent me this piece of (rather sad) infomation: On your Pit photo of the Fire Fighting team you have a man on named Jim Lovely, he was married to my Granddad's sister Violet, Jim came from a well known farming family who lived in Brampton, my Granddad was born in Sheffield, but later lived in Ulley, his Father committed suicide in Ulley Reservoir in 1926 due to health worries after an accident down Thurcroft pit.
Regards Annette Wade