Coal Mining Fatalities

This database contains 2497 known Nova Scotia coal mining fatalities. Names, dates, places, mines, and causes of death have been painstakingly compiled. Despite this, it is by no means a complete list. Fatalities occurred before records were kept; descriptions of incidents and those involved were lost along with coal company records. Official recording of multiple deaths may have missed some names; in some cases, names are misspelled. However, this is likely the most complete list that exists. Please contact us if you know names to add.

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Surname Given Name(s) Year Countysort descending Mine Cause
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Melanson Dosithe 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
Bratcher George 1907 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Suffocated by gas
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Blue Duncan 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by runaway rake
Smith George 1923 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone
Ross Edward 1939 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of rock, died 4 days later
Rushton William A. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Crosson or Crossin Harry 1950 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Cottenden William J. 1953 Cumberland Springhill (Cumberland Railway & Coal) Electricity, on surface
Alderson or Anderson Ephriam 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Glennie Avard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Spence Ernel 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Bryan Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Henwood Harlan 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McFarlane Roy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Raper Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Tabor Raymond 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McAskill D. 1864 Cumberland Victoria
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
Purdy Walter Charles 1921 Cumberland St. George Struck by piece of coal blown off by shot
Jones Thomas 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Linkletter Harris Karl 1943 Cumberland Standard (Sweetcake) or Strathcona No.2 Struck by stemming from shot hole
Tower Thomas 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Bond George 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Casey jude 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Fletcher Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Lockhart Daniel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McLeod Neil 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Muckle Samuel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Robbins James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Watt David 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gallant Lawrence 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 slope Runaway in slope
McMillan John 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Jammed between roof and box
Porter Archy 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box and rib
Clarke or Clark Ernest 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell off box
Taylor John B. 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught in fly wheel
Barrett Victor 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Stephenhardt or Stephenson or Tyopenhart Joseph 1939 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Hit by overhead iron booms, died 3 days later
Caldwell Charles J. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Bump
Allen Arthur J. 1951 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Beaton John William 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Allen Frank 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Henwood Victor 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Styles Clair 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Burton Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Holloway Isaac 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump

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