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Gresford disaster

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Mine Disaster In Wales (1934)

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Ewan MacColl - The Gresford Disaster

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WALES: Early morning explosion at Gresford Colliery entombed four hundred workers (1934)

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Stewart Cameron - The Gresford Disaster

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The Gresford disaster occurred on 22 September 1934 at Gresford Colliery, Gresford, near Wrexham, in northeast Wales, when an explosion killed 266 men and boys. Its cause was never proved but an inquiry found that failures in safety procedures and poor mine management were contributory factors. Gresford is one of Britain's worst coal mining disasters. Only eleven bodies were recovered, the rest were left entombed in the colliery's permanently sealed damaged districts.
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