11 October 2012

William George Peacock Dyson 1898-1986


      • Subject: Dr Dyson & his mother
      • Date: early 1900s
      • Photographer: Fouls & Hibberd, Seaforth, Oxton & Southport
      • Found: eBay


I didn’t think I was going to have any luck in identifying these two people as this was all that was written on the back of the photograph:-

With love & best wishes for Xmas
Dr Dyson & mother

However, it turned out to be fairly easy after all. The UK Phonebooks have recently become available on ancestry.com and this is the first source I found when searching for any Dyson living in Leek (1940):-


As there was no other Dr Dyson living in Leek at any time that I could find I think maybe the following family is the right one.

William George Peacock Dyson was born in Horwich, Lancashire on 5 Sep 1898, his parents were John George Peacock Dyson and Ruth née Lawton. In the 1901 & 1911 census William was living at home in Horwich with his parents. By 1940 he had moved to Moorland House, Regent St, Leek, Staffordshire and in 1944 he married Mary Gailey Burnett.

William & Mary were still living at the same address when Mary passed away in 1977 and William in 1986. I can find no evidence of any children for them so that is probably why this lovely photograph turned up on eBay. However, William did have at least three siblings:-

Dorothy Mary Lawton Dyson born 1897
Ernest Thomas Benjamin Peacock Dyson born 1904
John Noel Peacock Dyson 1909

ancestry.com; NZ BDM Records


If anyone knows anything about or is connected to the DYSON family please do contact me, I would love to pass this photo onto a family member. Contact by email is preferable but if you are going to leave a comment please don’t forget to include your email address.

Dawn Scotting

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