Sir Thomas Henry Mottram CBE AM

b. 20/06/1859 Tamworth, Staffordshire.  d. 24/03/1937 Doncaster, Yorkshire.

DATE OF AM ACTION: 02/05/1882 Baddesley Colliery, Warwickshire.

Sir Thomas H Mottram

Thomas was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Mottram (nee Moore). Started as articled pupil (afterwards assistant) to the late Mr. Samuel Spruce, F.G.S., and to Mr. Henry. J. Martin, M.Inst.C.E. For six and a half years he was manager of collieries in North Staffs and Bristol coalfields. Appointed H.M. Assistant Inspector of Mines in April, 1889 ; Inspector in charge of West of Scotland District, November 1909, Liverpool and North Wales District June, 1910, and York and North Midland Division, July, 1912, successively. H.M. Chief Inspector of Mines, December, 1920. Member of (I) Deep and Hot Mines Research Committee, January, 1920 ; (II) Oxygen Research Committee, March, 1921 ; (III) Executive Committee of the British Industrial “Safety First” Association, May, 1921 ; (IV) Safety in Mines Research Board, July, 1921 ; (V) the Board for Mining Examinations, October, 1921, etc., etc., The following honorary positions have been held :— Vice-President of the Mining Engineers and of the Mining institute of Scotland ; and President of the Western Branch of the Scottish Federated Institute of Mining Students. Awarded Albert Medal for gallantry at the Baddesley Colliery disaster, February 1883. C.B.E. for special war services, January, 1918.

He married Mary Ann Lowe, and they had five children – Edith, Charles, Sydney, Frederick and Thomas. He was knighted in 1924. He died in 1937 in Doncaster and was buried in St Wilfrid’s Churchyard.



THE Queen has been graciously pleased to confer “The Albert Medal” on the following persons, for conspicuous gallantry displayed on the occasion of the Fire and Explosion at the Baddesley Colliery in May last:— ” The Albert Medal of the First Class.” Mr. Reuben Smallman, Mining Engineer. Mr. Arthur Henry Stokes, Inspector of Mines. Charles Day, Collier. Charles Chetwynd, Collier. ” The Albert Medal of the Second Class.” Mr. Samuel Spruce, Mining Engineer. Mr. Frederick Samuel Marsh, Certified Colliery Manager. Mr. Thomas Harry Mottram, Certified CollieryManager. William Morris, Collier. William Pickering, Collier. Joseph Chetwynd, Collier.