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THE TRIMDON GRANGE EXPLOSION SONG
Song written by Tommy Armstrong the Pitman’s Poet.
Let us not think of tomorrow,
Lest we disappointed be
All our joys may turn to sorrow,
As we all may daily see.
Today we may be strong and healthy, But how soon there conies a change,
As we may learn from the explosion, That has been at Trimdon Grange.
Men and Boys left home that morning,
For to earn their daily bread.
Little thought before that evening.
That they’d be numbered with the dead.
Le us think of Mrs. Burnett,
Once had sons but now has none,
By the Trimdon Grange explosion,
Joseph, George and James are gone.
February left behind it
What will never be forgot.
Weeping widows, helpless children.
Maybe found in many a cot.
Homes that once were blest with comfort,
Guided by a Fathers care
Now are solemn and gloomy
Since the Father is not there.
Little children kind and loving
From their homes each day would run
For to meet their Father’s coming,
As each hard days work was done.
Now they ask if Fathers left them
The Mother hangs her head.
With a weeping widows feelings
Tells the Child that Fathers dead.
God protect the lonely widow,
Help to raise each drooping head,
Be a Father to the Orphans,
Never let them cry for bread,
Death will pay us all a visit,
They have only gone before,
We may meet the Trimdon victims,
Where explosions are no more.

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TRIMDON GRANGE AND KELLOE EXPLOSION 16.02.1882
List of those who lost their lives.

Buried in Croxdale, February 20th

Herman Carl Schier M.E. aged 23

Buried at Trimdon, February 19th

James Boyd aged 13
Joseph W.Burnett aged 23
George C. Burnett aged 19
James Burnett aged 17
William Burns aged 35
Michael Docherty aged 14
Edward Spencer aged 19
William Jennings aged 17
John Hale aged 16
Samuel Richardson aged 17
Joseph Worman aged 13
Thomas Worman aged 13
Patrick Durkin aged 13
Joseph Hyde aged 23
William Jefferson aged 18
George Jefferson aged 14
John Williams aged 31
Michael McHale aged 21
Thomas McHale aged 13
George Simon aged 16

Buried at Trimdon, February 21st
John Allison aged 19
Thomas Clark aged 24
Matthew Day aged 13
John Smith aged 26
George Dobson aged 26
Thomas Peat  aged 21
Thomas Pryor aged 26

Buried at Kelloe, Sunday February 19th
Robert Edwards aged 17
John Errington aged 33
Thomas Horden aged 56
William Madrell aged 40
Christopher Prest aged 45
Robert Soulsby aged 60
Jacob Soulsby Jnr. aged 27
John Ramsey aged 26
Frank Ramshaw aged 17
William Robinson aged 34
Ralph H. Robinson aged 17
George Slack aged 21
Richard Thwaites aged 27
John Wilson aged 15

Buried at Kelloe, February 20th
Jacob Berriman aged 33
John Douglas aged 13
David Edwards aged 16
John Hughes aged 29
William Parker aged 16
Thomas Sharp aged 42

Buried at Kelloe, February 21st
Thomas Hunter aged 37
Enoch Sayer aged 18
William J. Hyde aged 26
George Richardson aged 29
Henry Joyce aged 16

Buried February 23rd
Peter Brown aged 60

Buried at Cassop-cum-Quarrington, February 19th
Thomas Blenkinsop aged 37

Buried at Shadforth, February 20th
Robert Maitland aged 40
Buried February 21st
Mathew French aged 13

The vicar of Deaf Hill-cum-Langdale was Rev. Oates Sagar M.A. who held a memorial service


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