Leeds Mercury (20/Jun/1922) - Huddersfield Man's Heroism

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HUDDERSFIELD MAN’S HEROISM.

Echo of Disaster at Quarmby Clough.

WIDOW’S PENSION.

At the monthly meeting yesterday of the Huddersfield Town Council, over which the Mayor (Ald. Wilfrid Dawson) presided, the Mayor spoke of the recent disaster at the Quarmby Clough Mill, Huddersfield, and presented Mrs. Castle, the widow of the man who lost his life in an endeavour to save others, with the memorial certificates awarded by the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust.

He recalled the details of the disaster in which portions of the mill collapsed, and said that Castle could no doubt have got clear of the falling building, but he did not think of his own safety. His thoughts were of others, and he exclaimed to a mate: “You go and tell the manager, and I will go to get the lasses[1] out.”

He bravely rushed up the stairs to enable the women to get clear, and there was not the slightest doubt that but for this prompt and highly commendable action of this man the lives of many women would have been lost. Castle was unable to get clear of the building and he died soon after the accident happened.

His body was recovered on the morning following the disaster.

From the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust a temporary grant of 28s. 6d. per week had been made to the widow and her daughter.

This would, however, have to he re-considered, as the maximum amount of compensation, £300, had been awarded. Messrs. Joseph Hoyle and Sons had also made special arrangements for the welfare of the widow and child.

It would be some consolation to her to know that her husband lost his life in an endeavour to save others. She had the sympathy of the whole Council in her bereavement.

Sir E. Hoyle, on behalf of his co-directors and himself, expressed appreciation of the act. If ever a man deserved the Victoria Cross that man was Edwin Castle. He died a hero’s death. The firm tendered to Mrs. Castle their full sympathy.

Mrs. Castle, who was almost overcome, expressed her thanks.


Notes:

  1. For some reason, the Leeds Mercury article states "horses" rather than "lasses".