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welshinmyblood

what was his job?

On the 1911 census, my great granddad, William Reed, is described as a Rider.(coal mine) Does anyone know what his job would have been?
Marion31

What was his job?

I wonder if it was like the job my uncle Marshall Jenkins did, which was to ride with ( accompany ) the filled coal tubs from the coal face to the pit bottom  where they were loaded into the cage / lift to be taken to the surface to be screened / sorted.
welshinmyblood

Thank you, that's very interesting, and explains it nicely. Still a hard and dirty job, but not as bad as being a hewer I suppose!
Marion31

What was his job?

Most of the men in my family were colliers / coal hewers. Soon after the mines were nationalised around 1948 I was allowed to visit underground in the Arael Griffin pit. However, I wasn't allowed to go up the seam where my father worked as it was too dangerous. He worked on his front or side using a pick, and often in water. Sometimes he worked on a seam called the Meadow Vein which was full of fossils of ferns and grasses. He often brought home samples of these fossils. Some went to the Arael School museum - just a glass fronted case..
Relatives in pleasant Torquay often envied our "free" coal. Free indeed! Blood, sweat and tears. A king's ransom couldn't buy it when I think of how it was earned.
After the 1961 pit disaster, which he missed because he was on the detested afternoon shift, he had to work "on top" in the powder magazine. He thought of this as a demotion, for being a worker at the coal face was top status. He was about 66 then. My two brothers were underground at the time but in another part of the pit. They told me someone shouted "fire!" and they downed tools and ran to the cage.
My eldest brother never went back, as he suffered badly afterwards with nervous trouble. The younger went back for a year, then joined the police.
welshinmyblood

Thank you once again, it's fantastic to have an insight to working life of a miner. Most of my Welsh relations worked down the pit.(Webb, Reed, and Munn. My granddad, John Trevor Reed avoided the pit by joining the navy in 1923 aged 19, but unfortunately lost his life in 1941.

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