1938 – Taylor, Fred

Source: Derbyshire Times

1938 – FRED TAYLOR, Contractor, 53

Fred Taylor of 33 Staveley Road, Poolsbrook was born in 1885 in Nottingham and had seven siblings.  Fred married his wife Sophia in 1909 and they had six children.  Prior to Markham Colliery Fred had worked as an ironstone miner above ground in Caythorpe.  He was buried at Staveley. 

Fred was commemorated on 12th October 2022.  The location of the artwork dedicated to Fred can be found in zone 13 on the trail map which can be downloaded here.


When Fred Taylor was born in 1885 in Flintham, Nottinghamshire, his father, Francis, was 45 and his mother, Louisa, was 25. Fred had 7 siblings. Francis was born in 1840 and died in 1909. Louisa was born in 1860 and died in 1955.

In 1901 the family moved to South Normanton and Fred was a servant at the age of 16.

Fred married at the age of 24 to Sophia Pheasant, who was 22 years old, on 31 May 1909 in Caythorpe, Lincolnshire.  They had eight children in 13 years. 

Fred’s first daughter was born in October 1910, Winifred Louisa Taylor. She married in 1951 at the age of 40 and died in 1990 at the age of 80. 

The census states that Fred was living with Sophia and Winifred aged 5 months in 1911, he was an ironstone miner above ground in Caythorpe.

Some time between 1914 and 1918 Fred, Sophia and their children moved to Chesterfield and settled at 33 Staveley Road, Poolsbrook, Derbyshire.

Fred died on 10th May 1938 in the Markham Colliery Disaster at the age of 53.

Fred’s widow Sophia died aged 72 in 1961.


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


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