b. 22/04/1914 Mansfield, Derbyshire. d. 08/08/1996 Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 18/04/1944 Pilsley.
He was 29 years old and working at the Pilsley Colliery when a "bump" occurred at the coal face on which Ernest Vickers and another man were cutting coal with a compressed air machine. As a result the flamper over the bars from the left side of the cutter was broken for a distance of 35 yards, the roof lowering about 8in. Vickers' head was pinned against the edge of the conveyor pans. His workmate was unable to get past the machine to help, so he called for assistance. Frank Nix had three men with him behind the machine, two of whom slid down the pans and placed a prop in order to take the weight off the trapped man. Nix followed them down but, seeing that nearly all the props within 10 yards of the accident were broken, he sent the others back and went himself to where Vickers was trapped. With the aid of a third man, he worked his way down the face side, resetting the broken props as he went. By this time the roof had lowered to about 15in from the floor, and this made it extremely difficult. After setting 12 props Nix was in a position about 3 yards from Vickers, but owing to a fall of earth was unable to see him. He began clearing the earth. After reaching Vickers it became obvious that the only way to free him was to lighten the bar. This could only be done by breaking the flamper with a hammer, working with care for fear of another cave-in. He managed to pull Vickers clear and saved his life. He declined to swap his Edward Medal for a GC.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: WITH RECIPIENT'S FAMILY.
BURIAL PLACE: ST MARY'S CHURCHYARD, PILSLEY, DERBYSHIRE. (UNMARKED)