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b. 1893 Weshoughton, Bolton, Lancashire. d. 21/12/1910 Hulton Colliery, Allerton, Lancashire.
DATE OF EM ACTION: 21/12/1910 Hulton Colliery, Atherton, Lancashire.
William was the eldest of two sons born to William and Ann Markland in 1893 in Westhoughton, near Bolton, Lancashire. His younger brother was called Robert. There was a 13 year age gap between his parents. William followed in his father’s footsteps and became a coal miner, and his role at the time of the accident at Hulton Colliery on 21st December 1910, was that of a conveyer’s assistant. William was killed in the accident, and on 30th December 1910, was buried in Westhoughton Cemetery.
On the 21st December, 1910, a terrible explosion occurred at the No. 3 Bank Pit at the Hulton Colliery, near Allerton, by which a portion of the casting of the upcast shaft was wrecked. Various miners were shut off from escape by the fall of earth, and suffered from the effects of poisonous gases. Many miners used their utmost endeavours to rescue their fellow workmen under circumstances of great danger, and the above showed specially conspicuous courage.
BURIAL LOCATION: WESTHOUGHTON CEMETERY, WESTHOUGHTON, LANCASHIRE.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.