I am hoping you can help me, I am searching for a Thomas William (Tom) Tidswell whom I believe worked in the Coal mines in Yorkshire sometime between 1919 to 1931?
Tom was apparently injured in a mining accident and lost an arm. Tom is my husbands father.
We reside in North Queensland Australia and the information is for our family history.
Thank you for your assistance
--< 2 Feb 2015 >--
My information is also sketchy, however what I know is that Thomas William Tidswell (Tom) was born about 1909 in Halifax Yorkshire.
My husband believes that Tom lost an arm in a mining accident when he was young. Tom met my husband's mother in London where he worked as a news vendor. My husbands older brother Tom was born in London, and my husband Donald was born in Glasgow.
His parents never married and from my research T.W. Tom married a Mary Tretton in 1931 in Halifax Yorkshire, and we believe he died there in 1981.
We are assuming that Tom may have been quite young when he worked in the mine, which is why we think about 1920 ca.
There was and is a large population of Tidswell's with varying spellings in Yorkshire.
--< Bob Bradley Replies >--
Doubtful, if at all, will we be able to trace Tom Tidswell (also is it possibly Tideswell...knew a Barrie Tideswell from Blackwell). It is an unusual name.
Accidents of that nature in the 1920s and 1930s were compensation cases generally. Maybe listed somewhere in Company files....maybe a letter...pension...did he continue to work after the accident? Many did...even underground on light jobs...or surface work on a light job with lower pay.
However there is nothing to go on really...not sure of date....1919 to 1931....no Colliery name...no Company name...no age....no address where he lived...could give a clue as to the collieries nearby.
Need much more information, as much as possible because sometimes a severe accident such as that could be in the accident books for Yorkshire, however need to know the area and particularly a date or approx when it happened. Use your husband's age when it happened to pin it down more accurately.
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