Skelton Park Fatality – William Garbutt – 02 Jul 1912

Aged 28, Miner, he and his mate were driving a lift out of a split wall which had holed; they had only got some 6 feet in, but the crossing timber being set, and the place well timbered, Garbutt fired his two bottom shots, one after the other, and had gone back to examine after the second shot when the whole place collapsed and he was buried; constant efforts were made for three hours to rescue him, during which time line was alive and conversing with his rescuers; then another heavy fall took place and he was heard no more; his body was recovered after another two hours’ bard work; probably the second shot being a heavy one had removed the support from the crossing balk

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  1. William’s parents were William Garbutt and Elizabeth Annie Videan. They had married on 11th August 1873 at Emmanuel church, Saltburn. In the 1911 census, William & Elizabeth declared that they had been married 38 years and had had 12 children, 9 of whom were still alive. From earlier censuses, we can piece together most of the family: Alice, Elizabeth, Kate, Mabel, William (our casualty), Fred, Martin, Rachel, Lydia, Bessie and Lillian.

    On the certificate of his marriage to Elizabeth Annie Videan, William declared that his father was “Not known”. She, however, had been born in Faversham, Kent and gave her father’s details as Thomas Videan, a Bricklayer. Boarding with her, her husband and family in 1881 was her brother Martin Videan, also born in Kent. His occupation was shown as “Check Clerk”. He would go on in life to rise above his working-class background of bricklayer’s son and become the Secretary of Skelton Co-operative Society.

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