|Arnold Parkinson 1875 - 1911
It appears from the 1881 Census he lived at 4 York Street, Blackpool with his parents John and Mary Ann. York Street is 400 yards from the lifeboat I think. This would either be the seafront or the lifeboat house. I will visit.
|The Lifeboat inn on Foxhall Road. Looking North
|Lifeboat Inn, Looking down Yorkshire Street on the left.
|The Old Lifeboat house.
Before it was a youth centre it was an amusement arcade
|Painted red for some reason.
The roof must have been renewed fairly recently
|Looking down Bolton street (South),
from the back of the Lifeboat house.
|View across Lytham Road. The beach is literally 200 yards to the right
The tram tracks are just visible. The red and white post support the electrics
From the Lancashire Parish Clerk project:
Marriage: 21 Nov 1910 Christ Church, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
John Arnold Parkinson - Full Age Boatman Bachelor of 21 Ibbison Street
Ada Bessie Delaham - Full Age Spinster of 3 Cocker Street
Groom's Father: John Parkinson, Deceased, Boatman
Bride's Father: George Delaham, Carpenter
Witness: Henry Lewtas; Emma Louisa Lewtas
Married by Banns by: J Edwards. Vicar
Register: Marriages 1898 - 1913, Page 203, Entry 413
Source: LDS Film 1849646
Samuel Laycock dedicated one of his "Warblin's" to John Parkinson Senior. His early death did seem to affect him greatly. Samuel Laycock is buried in a Blackpool Cemetery too. But as Samuel died in 1893 this must have been dedicated to John Parkinson senior, John Parkinson the father of John Arnold. Samuel Laycock lived at 48 Foxhall Road - literally yards from York Street.
This is the crew of the Blackpool Lifeboat "Charles Biggs" in 1886. from a record of the lifeboat services. I am currently working with, Louise Timms, a direct descendent of one of the crew of the St Annes Lifeboat.
This is the crew of the CHARLES BIGGS 1886
coxswain THOMAS CLARKSON
EDWARD PARKINSON jnr
JOHN WILLIAM PARKINSON
JOHN PARKINSON, (Senior)
A MEMBER OF THE BLACKPOOL LIFEBOAT CREW.
GOOD-BYE a bit, John; we shall meet ogen soon;
Aw shall noan be long after, tha'll see;
So aw want thee—when settled i' th' mansions aboon,
To look eawt for a place for me.
Tha'll know what'll suit me—a bit ov a spot
Aw con ceawer in, an' feel 'at it's mine;
Just a few simple fleawers reawnd a plain-lookin' cot,
An' let it be nearish to thine.
As a naybur an' friend, John, aw feawnd tha wur true;
When tha piped aw wur tempted to dance;
An' aw think we could manage Eternity throo'—
That is—iv we'd nobbut th' chance.
Aw went to thi berrin'! an', dear-a-me, John,
Sich a seet aw've but seldom seen!
There wur theawsands o' foalks stood watchin' it, mon,
An' they'd th' mooast on 'em tears i' their een!
It's not merely th' public 'at's mournin' their loss,
But it's thoose 'at's lost husband an' dad;
Th' poor mother wur fairly weighed deawn wi' her cross,
An' th' childer wur just as bad.
Th' tall, wasted form 'at tha left behind,
We reverently put into th' greawnd;
Feelin' certain at dear Mother Earth 'll be kind,
An' thi sleep undisturbed an' seawnd.
This isn't to th' dead husk, but to th' livin' grain;
Aw'm speakin' to John hissel!
To th' spirit, an' not to th' lifeless brain;
To th' kernel, an' not to th' shell!
Aw'm aware these 'll strike some as strangish views;
An' one's lots o' times yeard it said
'At nobody but idiots an' crazy foo's
Would pretend to converse wi' th' dead.
Well, they may be reet, an' th' writer wrong;
We're none of us feawnd o'er breet;
But these are mi thowts, an' they're put i' mi song,
Becose aw believe 'em reet.
Shall aw get a response? Well, it's hard to say;
But supposin' aw don't get a word,—
Must silence be ta'en as a proof 'at mi lay
Has noather been read or heard?
Well, good-bye a bit, John; we shall meet ogen soon,
Wheer th' sun never hides his rays;
Wheer there's never a veil o'er th' face o' th' moon,
Nor gloomy November days.
Wheer tha's cast anchor on th' gowden strand,
There'll be no storms to brave;
No oars to grasp, no boats to be man'd,
Nor shipwrecked foalk to save!
I carried out further research at the library, this is a copy of the microfiche held there referring to these events recorded by the local paper.
Saturday December 23 1911
This is the report of the Coroners inquiry that was reported in the local paper dated Saturday December the 23rd 1911.
An inquest regarding the death of Mr. Parkinson was held last night when a verdict of “Accidental Death, “ was returned.
Coroner J. Parker conducted the inquiry. Mr J.W.P. Loftos, deputy town clerk, and Mr J,S. Brodie Borough Surveyor represented the Corporation, and Mr H. Butcher, solicitor appeared for the widow.
Ada Bessie Parkinson, widow of the deceased, said her husband had been appointed Superintendent of the baths on April 6th last. On the afternoon of the 12th inst. She saw Isaac Howcroft the engineer of the baths, go to turn of f the valve of the hot salt-water tank. A few minutes later she she heard cries for help and she and her husband ran to the tank room. She helped deceased to get Howcroft out of the water and when Howcroft had been got on to the flooring boards covering the tank he helped deceased to take his boots off. Whilst this was being done, the covering boards of the tank collapsed and deceased fell backwards into the water. He sprang up again onto the boards onto the boards and caught hold of the remaining portion of the flooring, when this gave way, and he fell into the water a second time. The water in the tank was nearly at boiling point, and it was 3 feet deep. Deceased once more sprang out of the water, gaining a hold at the side of the boiler. Witness assisted Howcroft into a bedroom, and she had to cut the clothing off him. He was scalded about the legs, back arms and shoulders. Deceased went into the bedrooms and undressed himself. Witness sent for Dr. Johnson, who came at once, and attended to both men who were conscious. Deceased appeared to improve slightly at first, and proceeded nicely until last Sunday evening when she noticed a change. His heart never got strong after the shock. He was a strong man. Death occurred last Wednesday afternoon. Questioned by the coroner as to the construction of the flooring boards over the water tank, witness said there was a centre joist spanning the tank, and others to which the covering boards were nailed fast. There was no trap door or opening into the tank. One quarter of the covering gave way first, and Howcroft appeared wedged by the stomach between the cold water pipe and the steps leading to the roof. Whilst in that position a small portion had given way and he had fallen through the hole, about two feet by three.
In answer to Mr Loftos, witness said Howcroft had been at the baths twelve months as engineer-in-charge. The covering boards were not broken, but had become misplaced. They were sound and were in the same condition as when the corporation had took over the baths. It was necessary for Howcroft to get to the tank in the manner that he did.
Answering the foreman, witness said that the tank was newly boarded three years ago. Acting Sergeant Burrows deposed to examining the dead body of the deceased on Wednesday night. There were raw wounds on the legs and body up to the shoulders. Witness afterwards visited the salt water tank at the baths. It was about thirteen feet square and five feet deep in size. It was difficult to measure it, as there was no gas and he had to use a lighted candle.
Mrs. Parkinson, recalled, said there were no lights when she went to the tank room at the time of the mishap. There was a gas that Howcroft might have turned on if he had wished. She added that Howcroft was accustomed to to gong to the tank room and knew his way about. It was a momentary job turning the valve.
Have you ever seen him up before without a light? – No
He would know his way about without a light? – Yes
Acting Sergeant Burrows resumed his evidence and said there were two ways of getting to the tank. One was by going up a “cat” ladder attached to a wall and the other led from the seconfd floor. It was not possible to get to the tank without going over the covering boards. There were seven joists and the majority of the covering boards were loose. The joists were all scattered about like sticks, and the ends rested on the edge of the tank, projecting only about an inch. Witness was of the opinion that the joists gave way, and he produced two or three pices of wood that he had broken off the other end of the joist with his hands
The coroner, examining the pieces of wood, observed that they were very much decayed.
Witness added that the ends of three of the joists had fallen into the tank.
Frederick George Wolstenholme, assistant engineer in the employ of the Blackpool Corporation, was called and in answer to Mr Loftos said he was familiar with the baths. There was a gas jet , he said , which could have been turned on if necessary. There were two ways of getting to the valve without stepping on to the covering boards. One was by stepping across from one flight of steps directly to the other. It was quite an easy stretch and he had done it himself many times. The other way was by walking along a brick wall nine inches wide, which ran alongside the tank.
The coroner: It does not seem to me that either of these two suggested methods is desirable. I mean it is a sort of way that an acrobat would do – first walking on a nine inch wall and then stepping across from one ladder to another – one of them being a cat ladder.
In answer to further questions, witness said the two ladders were certainly not more than a yard apart. He had examined the boards and found them sound. “The joists just seem to be rotten if this is a fair sample,” said the Coroner, producing the bits of wood broken from the boards.
Witness, further questioned said the joists projected over the edge of the tank two or three inches, which he considered sufficient. The method of reaching the valve was a safe and sound one in his opinion for a man like Howcroft. He could not say if the boards had ever been examined. It was the intention of the Corporation in the reconstruction of the baths to make certain alterations.
Witness said that neither Howcroft or the deceased had made any complaints as to the condition of the boards.
Mr Loftos said the Corporation were contemplating general alterations to the baths. The coroner said he did not propose to address the jury. Deceased had died from the injuries, and he had no doubt that the jury would find that the man came by his death accidentally.
After a brief consultation in private, the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death” adding that they were of the opinion that the joists should have been examined by a competent person when the baths were taken over by the Corporation.
Mr Loftos remarked that the joists and flooring boards were examined by a competent person
The Coroner said it was irregular for Mr Loftos to say this. He had given him every opportunity, but considered it was not fair for him to make such a statement after the inquiry.
Mr Loftos and the jury then expressed sympathy with the widow, and Mr. Butcher acknowledged the expression of condolences.
|Andrew Carnegie Hero's Medal
|Front Page of the Roll of Honour
|John A Parkinson
I also include Census documents which I have recovered from Ancestry:
Finally a copyof the 1911 Census insert for Isaac Howcroft:
I leave "Jack" Parkinson for now. Humbler and wiser too. Mysteries solved to a degree, curiosity satisfied (perhaps)..
But most certainly not forgotten! I salute you!
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