Maltby Pit Disaster of 1923
News of Disaster
News of the disaster was speedily communicated over the South Yorkshire coalfield, and rescue parties, doctors, ministers of religion and ambulance units all hurried to the scene.
Only the services of the rescue parties could be made use of.
Colliery managers also hurried to the scene, and consulted with the Maltby Company's Managing Director, Mr. W. B. M. Jackson and the colliery Manager, Mr. E. H. Butler.
Three Government Inspectors of Mines soon arrived and Mr. H. Walker, Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines reached Maltby from London at 7 a.m. the following morning.
Mr. Herbert Smith, President of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain arrived from Barnsley at 1.30 p.m. and was up and down the mine for several hours until operations were stopped.
Mr. Tom Smith, M. P. for Pontefract heard of the disaster whilst in Sheffield and at once went over to Maltby and met with Mr. T. W. Grundy, M.P. for Rother Vale in which constituency Maltby was situated. continued »