Dear sir, I found your article online and found it to be most interesting. I have a friend who has a photograph of an ex-soldier – policeman who also served as a guard to Queen Victoria some time after the death of his father and two younger brothers in the Parkhouse disaster. My friend is trying to establish the name of the photograph's subject, but I noted that you have listed two Aaron Beesons! both "loaders" one at 23 years and one at 32 years and wondered if there was a typing error made ?
I found this site, Midlands Heritage, after coming across you page and discover 3 of the Hewitt family in the disaster!
Henry Beeson (44) was a Stallman and father to John (15) Driver, and Aaron (23) a Loader - the other Aaron, apparently, did not exist - See also Bob Bradley's History of Mining - Alan Beales' Fatalities
At least 3 of the Hewitt family died. The 1881 Census says George was a widower, had 5 children and they lived at 210 Clay and Company Block, Danesmoor.
Thomas and Joseph died; his son George was 12 years old and a coal miner too, he is included in at least two lists of fatalities but not on others and he is not on the monument, so hopefully he did not die. George also had a daughter, Hannah, 18 at the time of the census, she is down as Assistant in House Duties, she had to look after the house and family. He also had a son William, aged 10 in the census who was a scholar at the time.