Thomas Ratcliffe A Workman Injured in the Dock Disaster 1909

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Thomas Ratcliffe, the walking ganger on the day of the Newport Dock Disaster was made a scapegoat. In the official report the responsibility of the trench that day fell under his jurisdiction. However, despite his fortunate escape, he died before the end of the inquest as a result of pneumonia; he could not give evidence in his defence.

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