Christopher Birkbeck

Male Abt 1893 - 1913  (~ 20 years)


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  • Name Christopher Birkbeck 
    Born Abt Jan 1893  Craghead, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Oct 1913  Craghead, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I449  Hemingway
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2016 

    Father John Birkbeck,   b. 10 Sep 1850, Scout Green Crosby Ravensworth Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1938, Craghead, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Hannah Hart,   b. 18 Mar 1869, Moor Crossgate Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1918, 4 Wagtail Terrace, Craghead Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 16 Sep 1915  Craghead St Thomas Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Jan 1893 - Craghead, Durham, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 31 Mar 1901, (72) Thomas Street, Craghead, 8
      2 Apr 1911, 72 Thomas Street, Craghead, 18

      Christopher's MI states that he died of injuries sustained in the Edward Pit, Craghead accident on 10 Oct 1913.

      «b»Birbeck«/b», Christopher, 10 Oct 1913, aged 20, «u»putter«/u», deceased with other putters was allowed to hew at times; on the 10th October they were told by the deputy to hew in a certain place; deceased went to hew in another place and had only got started when a triangular shaped piece of stone fell from the roof on to him; the place was a bord 6 feet wide, which had been turned away and driven a distance of 2 feet by another putter the previous night; top stone, 18 inches thick, was down in the headways, and this stone forming the roof in the bord was not supported in any way; the stone (triangular) was bounded by the free side to the headways, a slip, and broke at the third side; the upper surface had no adhesion, being quite slippery; a plank under the brow of the canch would have prevented the accident.

      At Craghead Colliery, Durham, a lad went to hew some coals in a place into which he was not authorised to go, and which was not in a safe condition to work in without certain precautions first being taken. His experience did not fit him to understand or take these precautions. In consequence a fall occurred whilst he was working there, and inflicted fatal injuries. The place was a bord just being turned away in solid coal. Before further hewing was done there, the top canch should have been taken down. It was a place in which work was temporarily stopped, and was not fenced off; the deputy had examined it and he considered it to be safe. The deputy told the lad to hew in another place. He, however, entered the bord and hewed there. In a short time he exposed some slips which unkeyed the top stone, which promptly fell.
      Source: «i»Mines Inspectors Annual Report for 1913, from a copy held in the «u»"http://www.scottishminingmuseum.com/"«/u», Newtongrange, Midlothian.«/i»

      http://www.dmm2.org.uk/individ1/i14339a.htm :

      Durham Miners' Association
      Compensation Committee

      Committee Meeting
      Held on Monday, January 26th 1914

      Craghead. Christopher Birbeck, 20, hand-putter.

      Killed on October 10th, 1913, by a fall of stone. Deceased was a single man and lived with his parents.

      The family consisted of the following :'97 Deceased 20, handputter, £2/4/5.; father 63, stoneman, £1/11/18, received house and coals; mother 45 ; brother 25, hewer, £1/13/1 ; brother, 19, handputter, £1/10/6 ; sisters 16, 12, 11 ; brother 11, sister 9, brothers 7, 6, sister 2.

      Owners offered £29/8/0. The Owners alleged he was a boarder. This it was shown was not correct, and the Committee awarded £162.

      Source: NEEMARC - Ref: NUMDA/1/6/39, D.M.A. Minutes, Circulars etc. for 1914 (two volumes: covers Jan-Jun, Jul-Dec)