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Re: Who are these men with Ralphy Henley in the allotment?
Mattie Henley and Bernard Blundell were the two coal face drillers that us apprentices worked with to get trained to work on the dangerous coal face. I did mine with Bernard Blundell. As I've said before, when my mother was in Bedewell Care home 2007 ish, poor Mattie was upstairs with Dementia. When I heard this I went up to see him and we talked about working at the pit 50 odd yrs ago. He remembered as much or maybe more than me which showed his long term memory was intact, yet he couldnt remember something from minutes ago. Mattie died years later.
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