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, Lectures

Archaeological Excavation of the First World War

The Heritage Society talk for November will feature battlefield archaeologist Alex Sotheran, who will give a talk on his experiences working on the Western Front. Alex will give a general introduction to the work he has been involved in over the last 15 years on battlefield sites in France and Belgium. He will look at the general material that you would expect to find on a First World War site and examine three particular sites showing what can be learnt from the archaeology of the world’s most bloody and brutal war.

Join us at 7.30 on Wednesday November 28th at The Concertina Club, Dolcliffe Road, for what will doubtlessly prove to be an interesting and informative evening.

Lectures

The King Of Denaby

The first talk of the new season at the Concertina club will be on the Topic of WH Chambers who was once known as the King of Denaby.

Chambers was the Managing Director of the Denaby and Cadeby Collieries Ltd from the beginning of the 20thCentury until just after the First World War. A period which included technological development, hardship, bitter strikes and a terrible pit disaster.

Some saw him as a philanthropist who did his best to look after the interests of those who worked for him. Others saw him as a pitiless employer interested only in maximising profit at any cost.

Join us for a talk and discussion led by ex Cadeby miner Alan Dowling at the Concertina Club, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough on Wednesday October 31st 2018 at 7:30pm. 

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