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Kilton Pit Team Who Rescued Edward Bendall

Pictured we have; back row (left to right): William Beadnall (joiner), Raymond Edwin Johnson (back overman), Ivan Zagrovic,  Raymond Brown (loaderman), Edward Dove (loaderman), Wladislaw Wnek (fitter).

Front row: G. Woodall (haulage hand), John Robert Carter (senior overman), Andrew Turnbull (mine manager), Dennis Pearson (deputy mine manager), Edward Bendall (loaderman – buried under the rockfall), Frank Morris (head locomotive fitter). The team also received the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct.

Derick Pearson advises: “My father is the deputy on here Dennis Pearson; each of these men got Laurel Leaf medals (which I still have) presented to them by Sir Anthony Eden. The article was published in the London Gazette on 3rd of July 1956 and each man got a certificate”. Ryan Zagrovic tell us: “My grandad was Ivan Zagrovic on there unfortunately I didn’t get to meet him”. Pam McVay adds: “W. Beadnall lived on Lorne Terrace, Brotton; he was our neighbour but until now did not know about this, people kept quiet about their achievements in those days!”.

Image from a collection compiled by Derick Pearson, thanks to Derick Pearson, Ryan Zagrovic and Pamela McVay for the updates. Also thanks to Chris Twigg for additional christian names, work positions and additional inforamtion.

Kilton Pit, Bravery Write Up

From a newspaper cutting, the men from Kilton Mine rescued Edward Bendall. Edward was trapped in a roof-fall at the mine January 13th 1956 and were awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct. Carole Zagrovic tells us: ”Second from left on the top row is my dad  Ivica ‘Ivan’ Zagrovic – it was my Grandmother who went to London to collect the medals – in a little red box with white satin – two small silver pins of leaves”. Derick Pearson adds: “My father and the other members of the rescue team went to London to be presented with the medals by Sir Anthony Eden”.

Image from a collection compiled by Derick Pearson, thanks to Carole Zagrovic and Derick Pearson for the updates.

Kilton Ironstone Mine – 1940

The image is taken from an Evening Gazette ‘Remember When’ article from a newspaper cutting of 1940 and shows the surface workers. Some can be identified from the article: but can anybody assist with additional names?

Back Row: ?? , Percy Gott, ?? , Les Marsay, ?? , ?? .

Front Row: ?? , Bert Hicks, ?? , Bill Young, ?? .

The cutting came from a collection compiled by Derick Pearson.