In the summer of 2009, I visited Westville and photographed the Westville Miners’ Memorial. The main memorial sits on a grassy site surrounded by four additional memorials containing the names of miners killed in mine accidents.
Below are the pictures I took that day. A letters and numbers were difficult to read from the pictures. If you see a mistake in the transcription, please, let me know.
ERECTED BY THE EMPLOYEES OF DRUMMOND COLLIERY 23RD (hard to read, might be 22nd) OF OCT 1891 TO THE MEMORY OF
James Dunn, GENL MANAGER
Joseph Richardson, UNDERGROUND DO
John T. Elliot
Robert W. Dunbar
James McPherson Jr.
Colin C. Chisholm
Daniel J. McDonald
Alex Purvis Jr.
John McDonald No. 1
John McDonald No. 2
John McElvie Jr.
D. McF. Stewart
Who perished in the Drummond Colliery Explosion of May 13, 1873
Oh what a sudden shock they in a moment fell
No time allowed to bid their friends farewell
Weep not for them, nor sorrow take
But love their families for their sake
Be ye also ready.
Below are the four memorial walls dedicated to Westville Miners Killed in Pictou Co. Coal Mines
The colour and lightening of the photographs have been changed to help read the writing on the stone.