1938 – Lievesely, John William

Source: Derbyshire Times

Family History Researched by Paul Burkitt:

John William Lievesley was born in April 1892 in the parish of Staveley. He was the sixth child of Joseph Lievesley (1864 – 1920) and Jane Ann Lilley (1864 – 1940). On the 1901 Census, John William, at the age of nine, was living at 1 Netherthorpe Road in Staveley. His father, Joseph Lievesley was a coal miner. On the 1911 Census, John William at the age of 19 was also working as a miner. John William married Annie Elizabeth Burdett (1892 – 1940) on 1 September 1913 at St James Church in Woodhouse, Sheffield. John William and Annie Elizabeth had four daughters: Kathleen, Joan, Jenny and Patricia A. John William was killed at Markham Colliery on the 10 May 1938. At the time he was employed as a colliery deputy and lived at 4 North Crescent, Duckmanton, with his wife and daughters. In 1935 he had passed the Ambulance exams and joined the Markham Collieries Ambulance Division. He was buried with his ambulance cap in Duckmanton churchyard.

A year after John William was killed, Annie Elizabeth placed an ‘In Memoriam’ notice in the ‘Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald

Treasured memories of a dear husband and father –  John William Lievesley who fell asleep May 10th 1938

Though his smile has gone for ever

And his voice we cannot hear

We shall never lose sweet memories

Of the one we loved so dear.

From loving Wife and Daughters


John William was commemorated on the 26th September 2018. The location of the artwork dedicated to John can been seen here. Zone 1.


Further information can be downloaded here –

John William Lievesley

John William Lievesley Family Tree


Further Information

Markham Colliery 1938 disaster

List of miners killed and injured in the 1938 disaster