Daniel Tissington Foulds EM

b. 13/07/1871 Codnor, Derbyshire.  d. ?

DATE OF EM ACTION: 28/11/1916 Pye Hill Colliery, Jacksdale, Nottingham.

Daniel Tissington Foulds was born on 13th July 1871 in Codnor, Derbyshire, the second of five sons born to Daniel and Emma Foulds (nee Tissington). He was baptised on the 5th May 1872 at the Wright Street Methodist Church in Codnor, near Derby. By 1891, the family were living in Alfreton, Derbyshire and the 19 year old Daniel was working as a coal miner. On the 20th May 1899 in Ironville, Derbyshire, Daniel married Bertha Hicking and they had two sons, John William and Samuel. By the time of the 1911 Census, Daniel and Bertha and their two sons were living very close to the Pye Hill Colliery in Jacksdale, where Daniel was employed as a hewer. Little is known about Daniel’s life following the Great War and his action which led to the Edward Medal. The next trace of Daniel comes in the 1939 England and Wales Register, where he is living at 20 Franklin Road in Basford, Nottinghamshire, with Bertha and his younger son Samuel, aged 34. Daniel is listed as retired aged 68. This is the last trace of Daniel and his death date is unknown.



On the 28th November, 1916, at about 12.30 a.m., a heavy fall of roof occurred at the Pye Hill Colliery, Nottinghamshire, by which three men were buried. Foulds, Haddon, Heathcote, Short and Smith quickly arrived, and attempted to rescue the buried men by digging out the fallen roof and setting props as they progressed. The roof was still extremely dangerous and stones were constantly falling. Three times heavy falls occurred breaking the props which had been set up, but, on each of these occasions, the rescuers were fortunate in having sufficient warning to enable them to escape. They remained at work for seven hours until all three buried men were reached and taken out; unfortunately all were found to be dead. During the entire period the rescuers were in continuous danger of serious injury or death from a further sudden fall.