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Lancashire, Atherton, Hillock Farm, Margaret Smith in the doorway

Lancashire, Atherton, Hillock Farm, Margaret Smith in the doorway

Lancashire, Atherton, Maragret Jones at Hendomen Farm, Montgomery

Lancashire, Atherton, Margaret Jones at Hendomen Farm, Montgomery

Old Photos of Atherton in Lancashire in England, United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Old Photos of Atherton in Lancashire in England

Lancashire, Atherton, Hillock Farm, Tom, Eva, Margaret, Harry, Arthur and Anne Smith in 1908

Lancashire, Atherton, Hillock Farm, Tom, Eva, Margaret, Harry, Arthur and Anne Smith in 1908.

Margaret Smith - above - lived at Hillock Farm in Atherton with her husband James Smith. After the death of her husband, Margaret continued to live there with her children.

Her son - Thomas - worked in the local pit (coal mine), named the Pretoria pit, which was struck by disaster in December 1910 (resulting in 344 fatalities), and the whole family ran up to see if he was ok. Fortunately, no-one was harmed in the part of the colliery that Thomas was working in that day.

Thomas lost his life fighting in the British Army (probably in the Lancashire Fusiliers) during WWI. His name is on the Atherton War Memorial.

Lancashire, Atherton, Tom Smith in WWI British Army Uniform

Lancashire, Atherton, Tom Smith in WWI British Army Uniform - did not survive WWI.

After her son Thomas lost his life in the Great War, Margaret felt she could no longer stay in the area, and married a farmer named John Jones, moving to Hendomen Farm in Montgomery.

The photos of Atherton are kindly shared with us from the collection of Mr. Tim Lees - Great Grandson of Margaret Smith and Grandson of Eva Smith - later Eva Lees.

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Lancashire, Atherton Church of England School Photo 1909

Lancashire, Atherton Church of England School Photo in 1909 - Eva Smith is one of the school children

Lancashire, Atherton, Eva Smith  when she was a governess in Flintshire, Towyn in July 1917

Lancashire, Atherton, Eva Smith when she was a governess in Towyn in Flintshire in July 1917

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