Joseph Holder

Joseph Holder (1874 -1937) started working in a mine as a boy. In 1899, he was elected as a checkweighman at Crump Meadow, remaining in this role until his retirement. He married Louisa Simmonds in 1898 and had two children. He was a governor of the Gloucester Infirmary and on the management committee of the Cinderford Co-operative Society. He also represented the mining community on social, welfare and organisations such as the Forest of Dean General Accident and Health Insurance Society, Gloucester Royal Infirmary and the Forest of Dean Council of School Managers. He was a long-standing and active member of the FDMA and a member of the FDMA Executive Committee. He was also treasurer of Cinderford Miners Welfare Hall. He suffered from miners’ lung disease in later life.

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