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Arthur Thomas Winborn

Arthur Thomas Winborn was born on 01 August 1875 in Hastings,  He was christened as Thomas Arthur but seems to have changed the order of his names probably reflecting that both his father and brother has the same name!. Arthur enlisted in 1892, with the 3rd Dragoon Guards and served in India before he left the service, with the status of Sergeant, in 1901.  On 05 January 1903 he was appointed as the first Instructor and Caretaker of the newly formed, and first, Mines Rescue Station at Tankersley, near Barnsley.  He oversaw much of the early development of the mines rescue service including the development and use of self contained breathing apparatus.  
Whilst at Tankesley he presented two papers to the Institution of Mining Engineers namely: "Notes on recent experience in the practical use of rescue apparatus" (1908) and "Suggestions for the organisation of colliery rescue brigades" (1909).

Winborn was also involved with the attempted rescue of miners at the Hamstead Colliery in 1908 for which he was awarded a Gold Medal in recognition of his work.  His team from Tankersley received the Edward Medal (Silver) as well as the Gold Medal but, as Instructor, Winborn did not take part in the actual rescue work.

In 1910 he resigned his post at Tankersley and took over as Superintendent of the newly built mines rescue station at Crumlin, Monmouthshire.

In 1912 he published a book entitled "The use of oxygen breathing or rescue apparatus for work in noxious atmospheres etc."  Also in 1912 he was awarded the Edward Medal (2nd Class) for work, with others, in saving a trapped miner following an explosion of firedamp at a mine in Tredegar (Markham Colliery), Glamorgan.
In retirement Winborn joined the ranks of the Chelsea Pensioners until his death in 1963.