Thomas Patching and Thurcroft pit

Helen Dugdale kindly sent me this funeral notice from her grandfather’s funeral, and it contains a nugget of historical interest re Thurcroft pit;.

“THE LATE MR T PATCHING – The death occurred on Sunday morning of Mr Thomas Patching (53) of “Moorville”, Morthen Road, Wickersley. The deceased was an underground contractor at Thurcroft Main Colliery for nearly 25 years and assisted in the sinking operations there.

Previously he was engaged in public works in the Hull district.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon at the Wickersley churchyard, the Rev. H C May, rector of Wickersley, officiating. The chief mourners were Mrs T Patching (widow), Mr T Patching, Mr J Patching, Mr H Patching, Misses May, Mary, Madge and Annie Patching (sons and daughters), Mr J Patching, Mrs S Gray, Mrs N Webster, Mrs H Pritchard (brothers and sisters), Mr and Mrs E Baker (parents-in-law), Mr and Mrs T Baker, Mr and Mrs A Baker, Mr B Baker, Mr L Shaw, Mrs N Shaw (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), Mrs T Patching (daughter-in-law), Mr T Pritchard and Miss B Pritchard (nephew and niece), Mrs Alley, Miss S Colley, Mr and Mrs C Brown, Miss E Brown, Mr E Cooper, Mr R Cooper, Mr and Mrs McKay, Mr and Mrs W Adamason. Messrs B Soar, E Wild, J Robinson (underground) and J Grainger (surface) represented the Thurcroft Main Colliery officials, and nearly all the men who worked with Mr Patching paid the last mark of respect, and the following were bearers: Messrs. R Gillard, P Ferguson, A Booth, T Walsh, J Roach and M Maloney.

The many wreaths included floral tributes from the Colliery Institute at Thurcroft, the underground officials of Thurcroft Main Colliery, and his workmen.

21 May 1933″