b. ? 1919 Cumberland. d. 07/07/1952 Patterdale, Westmoreland.
DATE OF EM ACTION: 07/07/1952 Greenside Lead Mine, Patterdale, Westmoreland.
Richard was born in 1919 in Cumberland, the son of Edward and Hannah Mallinson (nee Wilkinson). Little is known about his early life before he began employment with the Greenside Lead Mine at Patterdale, Westmoreland. In 1945, he married Elsie Elizabeth Pearson in Penrith, Cumberland. He and Elsie lived in Glenridding and they had no children.
On the morning of Monday, 7th July, 1952, a miner who had been lowered down a shaft connecting two levels at Greenside Lead mine, Patterdale, Westmorland, was observed by Mallinson, who had remained at the top of the shaft to assist in the lowering, to be looking ill; although a thick haze and a strong smell were coming up the shaft, indicating the presence of gas, Mallinson descended by ladder to investigate. He reached the bottom and shouted back that the other man was in a bad way and that he (Mallinson) was feeling queer and was coming back up. He collapsed on the way. A third miner who had remained at the top summoned assistance, and three volunteers, including Gibson and Miller, went to the scene. Getting no response to their calls, without hesitation, although the danger must have been apparent, Gibson, closely followed by Miller, set off down the ladder, leaving the third volunteer at the top. This man, on receiving a signal from Miller attempted to raise the hoist, but it would not function. By the time further rescue workers arrived no replies could be obtained from the men who had descended the shaft. The actions of Mallinson, in descending the shaft to the help of the sick man, and of Gibson and Miller, who went down to the help of both, were in the highest traditions of the mining industry.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD. (SOLD AT SPINK’S IN 2014)