The forgotten full-time miners of wartime Britain
Photograph of Moresby Churchyard with the Lowca Pit spoil heap in the distance.
Some of the fifteen miners who lost their lives in a pit explosion in 1946 lie in adjacent graves in the Churchyard
[Photograph taken on Sunday 10 December 2006]
As I live in a former coal and iron ore mining area some of the stories I posted to the "People's War" website inevitably dealt with people and events that took place in the mines during and immediately after the war. For example my father, Joe Ritson, and his eldest brother, Tom Ritson, worked as full-time miners in West Cumberland. In addition to doing what was a physically hard and potentially dangerous job my father, uncle and most of their workmates also served in the Home Guard. They were but two of the full-time miners whose wartime contribution has been largely forgotten and rarely referred to in wartime histories.
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