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By Julie Coggan



William Alfred Marshall was born in 1926 at number 45 Dalton Lane, Dalton the son of Jess Marshall and Minnie Marshall [ nee Blyton ] pictured right. His father Jess was not a miner and was born in 1887 at Cardiff  in Wales, at some stage prior to 1926 Jess moved to Ince in Makerfield Lancashire where he met Minnie the daughter of Alfred and Annie Blyton.


With the advent of the First World War Alfred Blyton William's grandfather enlisted, by this time he had two more daughters at home who were Rose, and Maggie. At some stage after the war prior to 1926 Alfred moved to Dalton South Yorkshire and took up residence at number 45 Dalton Lane, where he was joined by his daughter Minnie and son in law Jess Marshall.

Minnie and Jess had the following children:

William born 1926, Jack, Norman, and sister Jessie.

Sadly their Granddad Alfred was not to be in their lives very long, at some time during the 1930's he was badly injured in an accident at Silverwood, he was rescued and taken to hospital but died from his injuries. A service was held at Dalton Church and Alfred John Blyton born in India was laid to rest in Dalton cemetery.


In 1940 at the age of 14 William Alfred Marshall started his working life at Silverwood and became a coal face worker, in the 1970's he moved into the medical centre 


My dad William tells me that he can remember living with his 2 brothers Jack, Norman, and sister Jessie at 45 Dalton Lane with Alfred and Annie. After Alfred died Annie moved to West Yorkshire to live with Rose and My Grandparents Minnie and Jesse Marshall took over the rent on the house at 45 Dalton lane.

The story by  Rosalie Walkington re the cat made. me laugh because I can remember tales from my dad re another cat to meet an untimely death in the household when my uncle Jack was pushed off the chair onto the poor cat and squashed it. My Grandmother apparently told the boys to pick up the beetroot off the floor (i.e. the cats innards) Just how much of the tale is fiction I'm not sure but my Uncle Jack never ate beetroot again!!.





2007 Julie Coggin


Many thanks to Julie for sharing her research and family here



























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