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Derbyshire Times Saturday 13th December 1856
05 March 2011
Inquest before Mr Busby
On Monday last,at Dronfield,on the body of John Bunting,of Ashover, a labourer, aged 25yrs,who died on the 6th, inst.,in consequence of injuries sustained whilst sinking a pit at Mr Badgers colliery at Dronfield. On Saturday morning last, John Henstock,his son & deceased were engaged together in the pit. Henstock & deceased came out of the pit about a quarter past 3 a.m.,leaving the younger Henstock in the pit to put a chain round a large stone by which to draw it up.At the time there was a blast ready for putting the powder into.Henstock's son came up with the stone, and he & the deceased again descended the shaft & put powder into the hole, and the first piece of stone they began to ram struck fire.It was usual to put clay into the hole before ramming,but none was put in there. Henstock senior said that he heard the explosion fifty yards off & went to the pit directly.The first thing he heard was deceased crying out "Oh my leg it is broken all to pieces". Deceased was got out in half an hour, and Henstock's son shortly afterwards, but deceased died between nine & ten o'clock.
Verdict " Accidental Death"