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Hartley Memorial, Earsdon, Tyne and Wear

Hartley Memorial, Earsdon, Tyne and Wear
Photograph taken January 1993 © Crown copyright.NMR ref: AA93/01330

A thrid of the names on this memorial are boys aged 16 or younger. On 16 January 1862 the beam of the pumping engine at a colliery broke in two and left 204 man and boys trapped behind the debris that fell into the pit. No survivors were found. From the names and ages on the monument it is possible to see how some families lost several generations in the disaster.