ACKROYD (1862 – 1912)
was born on September 6th, 1862 at Edlington, Doncaster,
Yorkshire, England, the 5th child of James and Mary Ackroyd.
married Mary Walker of Darrington on March 26th 1889 at St
Peter’s Church, Edlington. William and Mary had seven children during
their marriage. They were Oswald Walter; Annie; William; Thomas Henry;
Frederick; Mary and my grandfather James.
met an early death at the age of 49 due to a mining accident known as the
Cadeby Pit Disaster. At the time, we are told, that William was off work
suffering from a broken toe. When he heard of an explosion at the Cadeby
Colliery where he worked, William went to assist in the rescue operation.
During the rescue a second explosion occurred in which William lost his
life. The explosion was so severe that William could only be identified by
his belt and broken toe. The date was July 9th 1912.
A full list of the victims of the
Cadeby Pit Disaster can be found here
was buried on July 14th 1912 at Conisbrough Lodge Cemetery,
Conisbrough, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. Other members of his family
are buried with him.
photograph of William and his family can be found in the Photo
Album on this website.
Ackroyd 2004 - 2013