Blue Plaque

Sapper Hackett Blue Plaque to be Unveiled

The Mexborough Heritage Blue Plaque Society are proud to announce that a plaque commemorating Mexborough’s Victoria Cross Recipient, Sapper William Hackett will be unveiled his former Home at 43 Crossgate, Mexborough on Sunday June 23rd 2019 at 11.00 am.

Hackett, who had settled in Mexborough as a miner, signed up for the Royal Engineers and became tunneller in 1915.

In June 1916 the tunnel he was working on with four other men collapsed after enemy shelling. The London Gazette from that August reported on his bravery, during the subsequent rescue attempt.

“After working for 20 hours, a hole was made through fallen earth and broken timber, and the outside party was met. Sapper Hackett helped three of the men through the hole and could easily have followed, but refused to leave the fourth, who had been seriously injured, saying,” I am a tunneller, I must look after the others first.” Meantime, the hole was getting smaller, yet he still refused to leave his injured comrade. Finally, the gallery collapsed, and though the rescue party worked desperately for four days, the attempt to reach the two men failed. Sapper Hackett well knowing the nature of sliding earth, the chances against him, deliberately gave his life for his comrade”

All are welcome to attend the unveiling.

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Forthcoming Events

Eric Brook Plaque Unveiling

Join us at the Mexborough Athletic Club on Friday 25th of May at 10am to celebrate the unveiling of a Blue Plaque in honour of Eric Brook, Mexborough’s most successful footballer, in the company of Manchester City’s Mike Summerbee, and Ed Miliband.

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Lectures

Eric Brooke: From Mexborough to Maine Road

The next in the society’s series of lectures, on Wednesday April 25th will be the story of Mexborough’s most accomplished footballer, Eric Brooke, who’s blue plaque is soon to be unveiled at the Athletic ground in in the town. Brooke made 493 appearances for Manchester City between 1928 and 1939, scoring 177 goals, a record that has only recently been elipsed by Sergio Aguero.  He also scored 18 goals in 78 appearances for Barnsley and 10 in 18 for England. Bill Lawrence will be looking at the life of the man behind the statistics. The meeting is, as usual, at the Concertina Band Club on Dolcliffe Road, at 7.15.