Samuel Peters EM

b. 11/11/1880 Tupton, Derbyshire. d. 1st Q 1962 Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

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

Samuel was the second eldest of five children of Joseph and Harriet Peters (nee Hayes). At the time of his birth, his parents were living with his mother’s parents due to financial difficulties. Samuel became a coal hewer from a young age to support his family. On 11th February 1902 he married Annie Broomhall Fletcher and they had two daughters, Clara and Harriet. In the early years of his marriage, he was working in Yorkshire, but soon returned to his native Derbyshire. He settled in Chesterfield following gaining employment at Holmewood Colliery, where he would be awarded the Edward Medal in 1920. Little else is known about his later life, prior to his death in the first quarter of 1962, aged 81.



On  September  22nd,  1920,  a  heavy  fall of’ earth  occurred in a seam of the Holmewood Col-liery,  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.