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  1. Thomas must either have come from a family of significance or been extremely well-respected by more than just his work-mates. His death warranted an impressive headstone on his grave. It was also reported on in the local paper.

    The Daily Gazette, on Saturday 26th June 1875 included the following account of his, and other, fatal accidents:
    “MINING ACCIDENTS NEAR GUISBOROUGH.
    A young man named Thomas Wright, met with a shocking death whilst at work in the Park Pit, near Guisborough, on Thursday afternoon. The deceased and another miner named William Mitchison, were blasting stone, and after firing a shot they went in to see what quantity had been brought away. They had nearly reached the “face,” when some loose stone came suddenly away, and, falling upon Wright, he was so seriously injured that he shortly afterwards expired. The deceased was in his 27th year, and was only recently married.
    A similar accident occurred the same afternoon to a miner named Edward Gale, at Chaloner’s Pit near Guisborough. The poor fellow was severely crushed, and had to be conveyed to the Guisborough Hospital, where he is now progressing favourably.
    A driver lad named Thomas Fenwick, had his leg broken by falling over a rail in the same mines on Thursday, and had also to be taken to Guisborough Hospital.”

    The best fit I can find for “recently married” is the wedding of a Thomas Wright, a 35-year old widower and Railway Labourer of Ingleby to Hannah Barr, a 22-year old spinster and servant of Bransdale. The service took place on 27th February 1875 in the parish church of Bransdale.

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