Alec Hopson, miner 1930s, but where ?? (General)

by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Sunday, June 23, 2019, 17:46 (142 days ago) @ MPGriffiths

Thanks MPG for the 1939 Register lookup, shame it didn't name his precise place of work.

Regarding one of his possible pits, Lightmoor, I recall reading it as on the run-down since the 1920s so checked Ian Pope's excellent pages to confirm when that mine shut. I found this was 1940, and by coincidence the preceding paragraph states;

"One rather startling statistic for 1933 was that a Mr. Alfred Drew, who had started work at the pit aged 13 years, had walked 140,000 miles to and from work over a period of fifty years from his home at Viney Hill, about four miles as the crow flies. In all that time he had never lost a shift through illness."

Eastern United in Ruspidge was one of the Forest's major employers with upwards of 900 miners, it didn't shut until 1959.

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