1938 – Commons, John William Watson

1938 – JOHN WILLIAM WATSON COMMONS, Contractor, 33

John William Watson Commons of 91, Circular Road, had worked at Markham for about fifteen years.  ‘Watson’ in his name was his grandmother’s maiden name.  He was identified by his overalls which his wife had sewn a patch on.  He left his widow, Bertha and two daughters.  He was buried at Staveley and was one of the twelve men buried side by side.


The artwork dedicated to John was unveiled in July 2020. The location of the artwork can be found in zone 12 on the trail map which can be downloaded here. You can watch a short commemorative film here.


Other Information

Markham Colliery 1938 disaster

List of miners killed and injured in the 1938 disaster

List of miners killed in the 1938 disaster who were buried in Staveley