The Mining Disaster at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd, South Wales – 14 October 1913

Posted on October 11th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 14 October 1913, 439 miners lost their lives when an explosion occurred at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd.

The accident at Senghenydd in 1913 remains the UK’s worst mining disaster.

Included below is a newspaper report of the tragedy, and also a photograph of anxious mothers and children waiting for news of their fathers and husbands, as well as a photo showing some members of the rescue party.

Also, on 24 May 1901, an explosion in the same mine killed 81 of the 82 miners who were working underground at the time.

historical newspaper report on The Mining Disaster at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd

Dundee Courier – Thursday 16 October 1913

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000164/19131016/095/0006

historical newspaper report on The Mining Disaster at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd

Dundee Courier – Wednesday 15 October 1913

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000164/19131015/074/0005

historical newspaper report on The Mining Disaster at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd

Dundee Courier – Thursday 16 October 1913

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000164/19131016/095/0006

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