Ernest Edward Cannell EM

b. 29/03/1884 Barrow in Furness, Cumberland. d. ?

DATE OF EM ACTION: 04/08/1912 Barrow in Furness, Cumberland.

Ernest was the second eldest child of William and Margaret Cannell, born on 29th March 1884 in Barrow in Furness, Cumberland. Ernest had at least three siblings. all born before 1891. On 30th April 1910, at Christ Church, Silloth, Cumberland, he married Martha Graham, and they had a son, Ernest. They lived firstly at 72 Westmoreland Street, then 53 West Gate Road in Barrow in Furness.



On the 4th August, 1912, a gas flue, which is a thousand yards long and 6 feet in diameter, was in process of cleaning at the Barrow Hematite Steel Company’s works, when a workman engaged in the operation entered the tube contrary to orders to recover a broken rake. He was immediately overcome by the gas, as were also two fellow workmen, William Ackred and George Bagnall, who went to his assistance. Harry Parsons twice entered the flue at great risk to his life, and, with the help of Ernest Cannell, Thomas Evans and John Robinson, succeeded in bringing out the three men, who had been overcome and who all unhappily lost their lives.