Reading List

An ever growing list of books and publications within my collection and which have contributed to my knowledge and research.

  • 100 Year of the Mines Rescue Service - Rhondda. 2018, Malcolm Davies

  • Accident at Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery, 07 Sept 1950, Official Report. Sir Andrew Bryan

  • A Brief history of colliery rescue work in the Rhondda Valley. Typewritten document, 1948. Owen V Reynolds

  • A Century of Struggle. 1989, National Union of Mineworkers

  • A Few Recollections of an old Lambeth Factory and its Vicinity, 1959, Robert Henry Davies (Extract written by A B Clifford)

  • A History of Coal Mining in Great Britain. 1882, Robert Galloway (Reprint dated 1969)

  • A Manual on Mines Rescue, Safety and Gas Detection. 1985. J Strang & P MacKenzie-Wood (Australia)

  • Ambassador for Oil, the life and times of John, First Baron Cadman. 1960. John Rowland

  • A Pitman's Notebook. The Diary of Edward Smith. Houghton Colliery Viewer 1749. 1970, T Robertson

  • Auchengeich Colliery Disaster (1959), A Brief Summary of the court of enquiry. 1959. Scottish NUM

  • Beneath Flanders Fields, The Tunnellers's War 1914-18, 2007, Peter Barton, Peter Doyle and Johan Vandewalle

  • Birdsong. Fictional account of Offensive Tunnelling in France. 1994. Sebastian Faulks

  • Blood on Coal. The 1926 General Strike and Miners' Lockout in the Forest of Dean. 1999, Ralph Anstis

  • Blood on the Coal. A history of Woodhorn Colliery. Mike Kirkup

  • Breathing Apparatus and other Industrial Safety Appliances. Siebe, Gorman & Co

  • Breathing in Irrespirable Atmospheres. 1948. Robert H Davis

  • British Coalmining Industry. National Coal Board

  • British Orders, Decorations and Medals. 1973, Donald Hall

  • Clay Cross Calamaties. 1994, Terry Judge

  • Coal Mine Disasters in the Modern Era c. 1900-1980. 2017, Brian Elliott

  • Coal Mines Rescue and Fire Fighting, 1956, JD Jenkins; JW Waltham and JC Mitcheson

  • Coal Miner Digger. Hunter Valley (Australia) Coal Miners at The Great War. 2001, David H. Dial

  • Coalmining. A Handbook of the History of Coalmining Gallery Salford Museum of Mining. 1981, Geoff Preece

  • Coal Mining. 2000, Geoffrey Hayes

  • Coal Mining, An Elementary Text Book, 2nd Edition, 1894. Robert Peel

  • Coal Mining, An Elementary Text Book, 20th Edition, 1921, Robert Peel & Daniel Burns

  • Coal Mining A Technological Chronology 1700 - 1950, 1991. Alan Hill

  • Colliery Explosions and Recovery Work. A text book for candidates for the First Class Managers and Under-managers certificates. 1927, JW Whitaker

  • Colliery Guardian. 1955

  • Colliery Guardian, 1966

  • Disaster at Tynewydd, 2nd Edition. An account of a Rhondda mine disaster in 1877. 1992, Ken Llewellyn

  • Draeger's Rescue Apparatus catalogue. 1909, Draegerwerk, Lubeck

  • Drager. Company brochure and history, 2010, Drager

  • Dragons can be Defeated, A complete record of the George Medal's progress from 1940 to 1983. 1984, D. V. Henderson

  • Duty is ours (Events are Gods). Mines rescue work. 1995, Eric J Sharrod

  • Education, Training and Rescue in the Cannock Chase Coalfield. 2006, J Sunley & M Davies

  • Elementary Coal Mining Designed to meet the requirements of students attending classes on coal mining. 3rd Edition. 1912, George L Kerr

  • Emergency Preparedness and Mines Rescue. 1998, Mines Rescue Board, NSW

  • Explosion at Bedwas Colliery, Monmouthshire, Facsimile copy - Report on the causes of and circumstances etc.10 October 1952. 1953, T.A. Jones, H M Inspector of Mines

  • Extinguishing an Oil-Well fire in Mexico, and the part played therein by self-contained breathing-apparatus. Transactions IME, Vol LXIII 1921-1922, (Facsimile copy). 1922, Arthur Bernard Clifford

  • Fatal Accident in the South Wales Coalfield. Ray Lawrence

  • Firedamp - How it can be detected and measured by means of the Flame Safety Lamp. 1936, HMSO

  • First Aid in Coal Mines, 3rd Edition. St John Ambulance Association

  • First Report of the Mine Rescue Apparatus Research Committee. 1918, W Walker, H Briggs & J Haldane

  • 'Gainst All Disaster, Gallant Deeds Above & Beyond the Call of Duty. 1986. Allan Stanistreet

  • Great Pit Disasters. 1973, Helen & Baron Duckham

  • Gresford. The anatomy of a disaster. 1999, Stanley Williamson

  • Handbook for Mining Students, Vol. 1, 3rd Edition. Science of Art & Mining

  • Handbook of Instructions for using the Novox Resuscitation Apparatus. Siebe, Gorman & Co

  • Heroic Endeavour. A complete register of the Albert, Edward and Empire Gallantry medals and how they were won. 1988, D. V. Henderson

  • Instructions for use, care and maintenance of The Proto (two hour, Mark IV). Siebe, Gorman & Co

  • Instructions for use, care and maintenance of The Salvus (half hour, Mark VI). Siebe, Gorman & Co

  • Knockshinnoch. The Greatest Mines Rescue in History. 2016, Ian McMurdo

  • Law relating to Safety & Health, The (Vol 1 - Mines of Coal). HMSO

  • Lest We Forget, A tribute to the miners and their families. 1994, Fred Leigh

  • Life Saving Awards Research Society Journal, The (No. 34, September 1998). 1998, LSARS

  • Medal News Yearbook. 1996, James Mcakay

  • Member for Mexico. A biography of Weetman Pearson first Viscount Cowdray. 1966, Desmond Young

  • Military Mining 1914-19. 2004, Royal Engineers, Chatham

  • Mine Gases and Gas Testing. For underground officials and workmen, including an account of colliery explosion. 1913, JW McTrusty

  • Mine Rescue and First Aid. 1934, J W Waltham

  • Mine Rescue Work and Organization. 1921, HF Bulman and FP Mills

  • Mines Rescue - Privatisation to Privatisation: The Full Circle. Facsimile copy - Article in Mining Technology, Vol 78. 1996, B Langdon and G C Harris

  • Mines Rescue Work. 1955, R McAdam

  • Mines, Safety and Rescue in the Somerset Coalfield. 2002, Five Arches

  • Mining, An International History. 1972, John Temple

  • Mining Law and Mine Management. A text book for candidates for the First Class Managers and Under-managers certificates. 1927, Alexander Watson

  • Mining Memories. A portrait of the collieries of North Staffordshire. 1992, Fred Leigh

  • Most Splendid of Men. Life in a Mining Community 1917-25 - Autobiography. 1981, Harold Brown

  • Most Valiant of Men. A short history of the North Staffordshire Mines Rescue Service (with signed dedication). 1993, Fred Leigh

  • North Derbyshire Collieries on old picture postcards. 2001, Alan Bower

  • Notes on a recent underground fire at Wharncliffe Silkstone Collieries, and the use of rescue apparatus in connection therewith. Paper presented to The Midland Institute of Mining, Civil and Mechanical Engineers, 4 February 1908 (Facsimile copy). 1908, Jonathan Wroe

  • Notes on recent experience in the practical use of rescue apparatus. Paper read before the Midland Institute of Mining, Civil and Mechanical Engineers. 4 February 1908. Sgt Arthur T Winborn

  • Nottingham Collieries on old picture postcards. 2000, Angela Franks

  • Nottinghamshire Miners' Tales. 2001, Angela Franks

  • One hundred questions and Answers about Coal. 1939, Philip Gee (Publisher)

  • People at Work - The Miner. Ladybird Easy Reading book. 1965, I & J Havenhand

  • Pit Ponies. Reprint and revised from 2008. 2016, Mike Kirkup

  • Pits & Pitmen of Barnsley. 2001, Brian Elliott

  • Pit-Talk. A Survey of terms used by Miners in the South Midlands. 1970, W Forster

  • Pit-Yacker. 1962, George Hitchin

  • Practical Coal Mining for Miners, Volume 1, Second Edition. 1951, E. Mason

  • Practical Coal-mining, A manual for managers, under-managers, colliery engineers and others. George L Kerr. 1920 (5th edition)

  • Recent Practice in the use of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus. (facsimile copy). 1921, Lieut. Rex C Smart, MC., RE.

  • Report of H.M. Inspector of Mines, 2 - Northern Division - 1936. T Greenland Davies

  • Report of H.M. Inspector of Mines, 4 - North Midland Division - 1936. JR Felton

  • Report on the Explosion at Easington Colliery 29 May 1951, HCW Roberts CBE., MC

  • Report on the Explosion at the Hartley Bank Colliery, 23 May 1924. Henry Walker. CBE

  • Rescue Man's Manual.1922, Arthur B Clifford

  • Rescue Man's Manual, 2nd Edition. 1922, Arthur B Clifford

  • Rescue & Recovery Bulletin (original). 1913, Siebe, Gorman & Co

  • Rescue & Recovery Bulletin (Facsimile copy). 1916, Siebe, Gorman & Co

  • Rescue Station Organization, 1915, Henry Briggs

  • Ribbons and Medals, 1940, Cpt H Taprell Dorling DSO., RN

  • Rules for Recovering Coal Mines after Explosions and Fires, 2nd Edition, 1918, W E Garforth

  • Safety First: In Mining, A book for miners, mine officials and all others interested in mining, 1925, Daniel Davies. M.I.M.E.

  • Second Report of the Mine Rescue Apparatus Research Committee, 1920, W Walker, H Briggs & J Haldane

  • South Yorks Area Emergency Scheme for Collieries, 1975, NCB

  • South Yorkshire Collieries on old picture postcards, 1999, Norman Ellis

  • South Yorkshire Mining Disasters. Vol. 1, The Nineteenth Century, 2018, Brian Elliott

  • South Yorkshire Mining Disasters. Vol. 2, The Twentieth Century, 2019, Brian Elliott

  • South Yorkshire Pits, 2001, Warwick Taylor

  • Staffordshire Tunnellers of World War One, 2018, The Staffordshire Tunnellers Group

  • Suggestions for the Organization of Colliery Rescue-Brigades, Transactions of the Institute of Mining Engineers, Vol 37, 8 Feb1909 (Facsimile copy), 1908, Sgt Arthur T Winborn

  • The 1908 Mining Disaster at Hamstead Colliery, 2008, Anthony Lewis

  • The Day the Earth Trembled, Account of an amazing escape… by 14 miners at Barnborough Main Colliery 24 April 1942, 1989, Frank Vernon

  • The Death Pit, The Story of the West Stanley Colliery Explosion 1909, 1969, Eric Forster

  • The Durham Miners 1919-1960, 1971, W R Garside

  • The Edward Medal, Citations for Bravery in the Mining Industry (Private publication), 1996, Malcolm Kitchen

  • The First Rescue Station, The development of a mine rescue organization on the northern district coalfields of NS Wales, 1989, Rhonda Geale

  • The Hardest work under heaven, the Life & Death of the British Coal Miner, 1984, Michael Pollard

  • The Hartley Colliery Disaster 1862, 1963, John Elliott McCutcheon

  • The History and development of the mines rescue service in Britain, Reprint from Colliery Guardian Annual Review August 1975, 1975, J Blunt, General Manager of Rescue Stations, NCB

  • The Maypole, 1983, John Hannavy and Roy Lewis

  • The Miners, 1976, Anthony Burton

  • The Miners in Crisis and War, 1961, R Page Arnot

  • The Order of Industrial Heroism, Records of the recipients of the Order of Industrial Heroism, 2000, WH Fevyer, JW Wilson & JE Cribb

  • The Register of the George Cross, (2nd Edition), 1990, BPCC Wheatons (Publisher)

  • These Poor Hands, The Autobiography of a Miner working in South Wales. 1939, B L Coombes

  • The Shotfirer's Manual, 1936, E Hart

  • The South Staffordshire Coalfield, 2005, Nigel A Chapman

  • The Staffordshire Coal Industry, (Reprint) 1981, A J Taylor

  • The Support of the Roof at the Coalface (second edition), 1952, NCB

  • The Tunnellers, 1986, Raymond Hitchcock (Fiction)

  • The Valley of the Shadow, An account of Britain's worst mining disaster: The Senghenydd Explosion, 2009, John H Brown

  • The West Riding Miners and Sir William Garforth, 2009, Bryan Fraser

  • The Wigan Coalfield, 2001, Alan Davis

  • Third & Final Report of the Mine Rescue Apparatus Research Committee, 1924, W Walker, H Briggs & J Haldane

  • Thunder Underground, Northumberland Mine Disasters 1815-1865, 2004, Roy Thompson

  • Training of Officers and Men of the Tunnelling Companies of the RE…, 1920, G F F Eagar

  • Transactions of the Federated Institution of Mining Engineers, Vol LVIII, 1920

  • Transactions of Scottish Mining Students Federation, Vol 1, 1930-1931

  • Transactions of the Institute of Mining Engineers, Vol XLV. 1912-13

  • Troubled Collieries, 2002, Bernard McCormick

  • Tunnellers (reprint), The story of the tunnelling companies, Royal Engineers, during the World War, 1936, Cpt W Grant Grieve & Bernard Newman

  • Tunnelmaster and Arsonist of the Great War: The Norton-Griffiths Story, 2003, Tony Bridgland and Anne Morgan

  • Victorian Hamstead - Its People, Its Colliery, 1988, Rodger Clive Meachem

  • War Underground, 1981, Alexander Barrie

  • Weetman Pearson, First Viscount Cowdray, 1930, J A Spender