Joseph Harrison EM

b. ? d. ?

DATE OF EM ACTION: 22/09/1920 Holmewood Colliery, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Very little is known about the life of Joseph Harrison, a Deputy at the Holmewood Colliery, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire on 22nd September 1920.



On September 22nd, 1920, a heavy fall of earth occurred in a seam of the Holmewood Colliery, near Chesterfield, imprisoning two men who were working in the seam. It was ascertained that the men were uninjured, but, as it was obvious that the work of reaching them would occupy some days the first necessity was to supply them with food. Peters, the under-manager, with great ingenuity, passed food through a cycle tyre enclosed in iron piping. Further falls occurred during the forty-eight hours following the original fall, but it then became possible to pass some timber through, although gas appeared in the cavity and began to give trouble. A small hole was made through to the imprisoned men, and they were eventually freed after being four days in the seam.

Peters, West, Harrison, and Calladine all distinguished themselves greatly in the work of rescue, and were engaged for practically the whole time in a dangerous: position at the face of the fall. They were exposed to the risk of injury from falling stones and displayed a dogged courage and endurance.