1937 – Marsden, Ralph
1937 – RALPH MARSDEN, Stallman, 41
Ralph Marsden of 36, North Crescent, Duckmanton was born in Chesterfield and had worked at Markham Colliery for 8 years, prior to this he was employed at Bolsover Colliery. He was president of the Markham branch of the Mineworkers Federation of Great Britain and had been reinstated as president the day before the accident. He served during World War I as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery and he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Ralph was on the committee of the Duckmanton Children’s Outing Fund. He left his widow Ada and 2 children, Peggie, aged 12 and June aged 3 months.
Ralph was commemorated on the 21st July 2017. The location of the artwork dedicated to David can be found in zone 4 on the trail map which can be downloaded here.
Derbyshire Times 29th January 1937
Mr Ralph Marsden of 36, North Crescent, Duckmanton was 41 years of age. He was a married man with two children, aged 12 and three months. He was born at Derby Road, Chesterfield, from where he went to live at Bolsover. He had lived at Duckmanton about eight years. For ten years he had worked at Markham Colliery and before that he was employed at Bolsover Colliery. He was president of the Markham branch of the Mineworkers Federation of Great Britain and had been reinstated as president the day before the accident. He served during the Great War in the Royal Garrison. He had been married for sixteen years. He was on the committee of the Duckmanton Children’s Outing Fund.
The funeral was at Duckmanton on Tuesday, the Rev. G. W. Ready (Rector) officiating.
Researched by Local Historian Sandra Struggles:
Ralph Marsden had worked at Markham for about eight years. He had only been back at work since the previous November after being off work for seven months with a broken leg. Ralph was seriously injured and taken to Chesterfield where he died soon after. Ralph was married and lived with his wife and children, Peggy aged 12 years and June aged 3 months, at 36, North Crescent, Duckmanton. In the First World War he served with the Royal Garrison. Ralph died aged 41 years old and was buried at Duckmanton.
Family History researched by Paul Burkitt
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List of miners killed in the 1937 disaster
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