Hello again helpful people
I've asked about my great-grandfather Thomas Quinn previously on the occupation forum because i thought he had died in a mining accident in Wigan.
I have been thinking about ordering a death cert to try and find out more but am not sure when to take the plunge, i.e...
I think he's unlikely to be related as my relatives are poor smelly folk from the mines and mills of Lancashire. :biggrin:
No Australian connection that I've ever heard of.
But thanks for the suggestion Leefer.
Also thanks for the info re war diary.
I will look into that.
I have ordered Frank...
What information do the National Archives hold?
I'd also like to see what I can find out about my Great Uncle William Bolton who died in Gallipoli in 1915 (18003, 1st Bn., Border Regiment).
The National Archives seem to have a medal card for him.
Would this tell me anything...
Hello again GB
His name was Francis Wilcox
Service number: S.S. 111276
Rank: STO 1 R.N.
He was born 3.7.1891 in Wigan Hallgate
I'd be interested to know what his WW1 service involved, where he served etc. Any tips?
There were also family stories about him being a flyweight wrestling...
Does anyone know if everyone who fought in WW1 was given medals?
I have my grandfather's medals (he was a stoker in the navy) but am assuming they were issued for being involved in any way rather than for any particular heroism.
I think these are the medals I have: 1914-15 Star...
Yes I did wonder if he was already married, especially as Helena didn't have my dad until she was in her early 30s - which seems quite old in those days (although I was older myself when i had my kids :o)
I'll try and search marriages again with the suggested Charles James from here...
I haven't been able to find any marriage either.
I just can't work out why they didn't marry though.
Even if they hadn't married by the time my Dad was born, why didn't they marry later?
Maybe she was Catholic and he wasn't?
My Gran certainly called herself Helena Maude Taylor.
Have just found this info on Hallgate
Top Croft and Bottom Croft were fields in Hallgate.
Swan Street (where I know Margaret lived at some point is quite close).
Maybe they moved to Top Croft when they married...
Gibbo, the place of death and religion fit
Hallgate is where the cotton workers and miners lived
And we have found possible census records for Thomas Quinn living in Top Croft.
But this would mean he wasn't living with Margaret and their son Frank even though they married in 1896?
Or does this...
Thank you all for help so far.
I have found similar sources but nothing seems to tie in.
I'm pretty sure I've found my great grandmother Margaret Wilcox (Quinn) widowed by 1901 in the census, and she marries a Thomas Jarvis in 1903 so the 1908 disaster can't be when Thomas Quinn died (unless he...
This is all absolutely brilliant.
I think you may have got the right man because my brother also has some deep buried memory of my dad saying his grandfather was a wheel wright (I don't remember this at all), which ties in with the first record you found.
Plus all the drapery links tie...
Peter, thanks for looking.
Were the later incidents with more deaths after 1901?
The only thing I have to go on is a piece of writing my Mum did about her father (Thomas Quinn's son Frank) which talked of the day the miners didn't come home and all the women in the street sobbing and Frank...
I'm trying to find out if there was a mining accident in or near Wigan in the late 1890s in which a Thomas Quinn died.
My great grandfather married my great grandmother (Margaret Wilcox) in 1896 and she is listed as a widow and a patient in a hospital in 1901. So he must have died...