Thursday, 10 March 2011
The 11 children of great grandfather James Danson - Surname Saturday
Second son John (left) was born 8th April 1879, perhaps named after his uncle John Danson, James eldest brother. His was a sad life - his wife Sarah Haydon Lounds died at the young age of 21, leaving behind infant daughter Annie Maria, who made her home with her grandmother. Family recollections told how John later become engaged to Dorothy Chisholm but before they were married John a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery died 17th May 1917, buried in Moorland Cemetery, Poulton. Something of a mystery surrounded his death, with a story that "Granny had to fight to get his name on the Poulton War Memorial in the Square" and he was not listed on the memorial in St. Chad's Church. It was only through his niece that I learnt that John, a prisoner of war, had committed suicide, leaving Annie orphaned at the age of 12. So far I have not been able to verify this. John's fiancee Dorothy never married and the Danson family continued to maintain a close link with her. Like many women of her generation she remained alone, living in a bedsitter and I had memories as a child of visiting her with my mother and aunt.