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Mining Fatalities

"Mining Horror - Further particulars of the fatal accident which occurred at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Bell Island,
was received in town this morning. Widows and fatherless children are
left to mourn the loss of their sole providers."

Articles like this one appeared in the local newspapers all the time. Everyday at the mines seem to bring
an accident of some sort, most of the time causing death to the men that worked in or around the mines.
The following is a list of some of those men who died on the job.

ID Last Name First Name Death Date Address Cause
24 Abbott Pat Mar 10 1910 Portugal Cove Dynamite Blast [Patrick Abbott, age around 30, married with children.. He was son of John Abbott and Mary McLean Abbott; my grandfather, John J. Abbott's brother]*1
88 Anthony William Mar 02 1954 Bell Island Cave In
102 Anthony Joseph Mar ?? 1951 Bell Island Struck his Head
22 Antle George Mar 16 1908 Victoria Dynamite Blast
47 Barnes Edward T Oct 16 1918 Harbour Grace Construction Work
49 Bishop George May 10 1919 Kelligrews Fell off Boiler in Power Plant
16 Bolger Michael Feb 29 1908 Portugal Cove Dynamite Explosion
74 Bowdring Robert Apr 27 1938 Bell Island Explosion of Gas
11 Bray Peter Sep 02 1907 Harbour Grace Fall of Ground
75 Brazil John Jun 11 1938 Spaniard's Bay Run over by Surface Ore Car
10 Bruce Hubert Jul 28 1907 Long Harbour Run over by Car
5 Bugden William Aug 17 1904 Bell Island Run over by Car
83 Bunce Joseph Jan 11 1952 Bell Island Struck by Ore Car
28 Bursey John Jul 03 1912 Pilley's Island Dynamite Blast
89 Butler Richard Dec 11 1954 Bell Island Cave In
77 Butler Thomas Jun 22 1939 Bell Island Fall at the Pier
81 Butler James Oct ?? 1949 Bell Island Runaway Cars
73 Chayton Samuel Apr 27 1938 Bell Island Explosion of Gas
37 Clarke Ambrose Mar 21 1914 Harbour Grace Fall of Ground
76 Cobb Hector Jun 22 1939 Bell Island Struck by 20 Ton Car
62 Cobb Samuel Feb 28 1928 Bell Island Dynamite Blast
84 Connolly Joseph Mar 04 1953 Bell Island Caught in Belt
93 Costello Gerald Oct 13 1960 Bell Island  
65 Costello John Jul 24 1930 Bell Island Thrown from Car
66 Costello Frank Aug 05 1931 Bell Island Run over by Car
48 Crann Isaac May ?? 1919 Placentia Runaway Car
7 Curran Pat Nov 26 1905 Concp Harbour Dynamite Explosion
9 Day Charles Jun 01 1907 Old Shop TB Dynamite Explosion
86 Dean Harold Jun 17 1953 Bell Island Struck by Ore Car
18 Deering Jordan Feb 29 1908 Carbonear Dynamite Explosion
19 Delaney Richard Feb 28 1908 Bay Robert's Runaway Car
31 Dinn Michael Mar 13 1913 Salmonier Dynamite Blast
82 Dobbin Reginald Mar 20 1952 Bell Island Cave In
99 Doyle Peter (age 14) May 12 1905 Concp Harbour Explosion
60 Dwyer Edward May 31 1927 Bell Island Struck by Car
59 Dwyer Walter May 01 1924 Bell Island Electrocuted
43 Fitzgerald Peter Apr 11 1917 Bell Island Dynamite Blast in Mine
4 Fitzgerald Pat Dec 20 1902 Bell Island Runaway Car
64 Fitzpatrick James Leo Jun 13 1929 Bell Island Run over by Electric Shovel
14 Gaul Edward Jan 24 1908 Topsail Road Runaway Car
41 Gill Thomas Aug 22 1916 Concp Harbour Dynamite Explosion
3 Glavine William Dec 20 1902 Green Bay Runaway Car
96 Gosse Leander Mar 04 1965 Bell Island Cave In
68 Gosse John W Jul 04 1935 Bell Island Fall of Ground
12 Halleran Edward Sep 26 1907 Holyrood Struck by Car
35 Hanlon Pat Feb 14 1914 St Mary's Struck by Stockpile Shovel
90 Hawco Alphonsus Sep 26 1955 Bell Island Went Over Cliff
26 Hawco Thomas Jun 16 1911 Harbour Main Struck by Cars
78 Hayward George Nov ?? 1942 Bell Island Fall of Ground  He should have been reported as Hayward George (Cheryl Bishop - cheryl.401@hotmail.com] )
42 Hennessey William Apr 02 1917 Kelligrews Dynamite Blast in Pier Tunnell
100 Hunt ??? May 14 1908 Concp Harbour Explosion
2 Kavanagh Edward Oct 10 1901 Bell Island Runaway Car
92 Kelloway James Nov 06 1959 Salmon Cove Jammed Between Cars
46 Kelly Pat Jan 12 1918 Bell Island Boom of Hoist Fell on Him at Pier
98 Kelly Patrick Oct 22 1965 Bell Island Explosion
79 Kennedy Michael Sep ?? 1945 Bell Island Fell into Engine Room of Ore Boat
23 King John Jul 10 1909 Placentia Caught Beteween Cars
45 King Edward Nov 06 1917 Perry's Cove Fall of Ground
52 Lahey Richard Sep 12 1919 Bell Island Runaway Car
70 Lane William Apr 14 1936 Bell Island Run over by Cars
53 LeGrow John May 08 1920 Broad Cove Struck by Car
38 Luffman Steward Aug 22 1916 Bell Island Dynamite Explosion
63 MacDonald Angus Jan 13 1929 Bell Island Died of Blood Poision, after Accident in Mine
29 McEvay Pat Aug 26 1912 Haricott PB Drowned fell from loading shute
34 McKenzie JJ Jan 31 1914 Nova Scotia Struck by 20 Ton Car
69 Mercer Edward Jul 04 1935 Bell Island Fall of Ground
97 Miller William May 12 1965 Bell Island Jammed Between Cars
17 Moriarity Bernard Feb 29 1908 Harbour Grace Dynamite Explosion
21 Murphy James Mar 05 1908 Plate Cove Fall of Ground
57 Murphy Samuel Nov 28 1923 Colliers Run over by Car
85 Nugent Michael Jun 17 1953 Bell Island Struck by Ore Car
101 Peach Sam May 15 1951 Salmon Cove Fall of Ground
13 Pendergast Edward Nov 25 1907 Harbour Main Fall of Ground
54 Penney Samuel Nov 30 1920 Bell Island Dynamite Blast
6 Petten Charles May 12 1905 Kelligrews Dynamite Explosion
44 Power Dennis Jul 13 1917 Bay Robert's Caught in Cable Drew into Engine
72 Power William Sep 30 1937 Bell Island Dynamite Blast
1 Power Edward Oct 10 1898 St John's Dynamite Explosion
50 Pynn James Jul 16 1919 Bristol's Hope Struck by Car
95 Rees Walter C Jun 05 1964 Bell Island Cave In
40 Rose John Aug 22 1916 Portugal Cove Dynamite Explosion
30 Seward William Feb 17 1913 Heart's Ease Fall of Ground
87 Shea Gerald Sep 11 1953 Bell Island Ore Car Collision
55 Sheppard Henry Sep 26 1922 Harbour Grace Fall of Ground
71 Sheppard Martin Jul 15 1937 Bell Island Fall of Ground
80 Skanes Rendell Oct ?? 1949 Bell Island Runaway Cars
91 Slade Albert Jan 28 1958 Salmon Cove Cave In
36 Smith Elisha Feb 27 1914 Bell Island Struck by Car
8 Smith Michael Nov 13 1906 Brigus Caught in Machinery
67 Sweeney Thomas Mar 15 1934 Bell Island Struck Head Against Roof while Riding Trip
27 Taylor Fred Oct 12 1911 St John's Runaway Car
20 Thomas Charles Feb 29 1908 Bell Island Caught in Belt
94 Vokey Ernest Nov 11 1961 Bell Island Cave In
32 Wade Peter Jul 10 1913 Concp Harbour Run over by Car
39 Wall Thomas Aug 22 1916 Bell Island Dynamite Explosion
51 Walsh Albert ??? 24 1919 St John's Run over by Surface Ore Car
15 Walsh John Feb 22 1908 Concp Harbour Dynamite Explosion
61 Warford Sidney Aug 30 1927 Bell Island Fell into Shaft
56 Whelan Thomas Aug 09 1923 Bryant's Cove Fall of Ground
25 Whelan James ??? 15 1911 Concp Harbour Crushed by Cars
33 Winters Peter Jul 10 1913 Pool's Island Struck by Car
58 Yetman Robert May 01 1924 Bryant's Cove Coal Fence Came In on Him

Contributed by James Roberts
*1 Add'l info from Gordon Smith (2011)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2004)

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