||Edward George Syson 1881-1938
One Sunday evening whist inspecting the lifting gear
he fell down the mine shaft to his death.
Edward George Syson was born on 5th April 1881 and was the second son of John Syson (1843-1920) and Mary Ann Booth (1843-1909). His early years were spent at Kimberley where he was said to have gone to the same school as D.H. Lawrence, the novelist, who includes a character named Syson in one of his books.
After school he became a collier and took a mining engineering course at the Shakespeare Street College (now Nottingham Trent University). To be nearer the college he moved to lodge with his elder brother, William Syson, in Hyson Green. It was while he was living in Hyson Green that he met his future wife Gertrude Stoneman (1899-1989) who was serving in her mother's sweet shop. It was Edward George's habit to take his nephews to the sweet shop. One day he plucked up courage to ask Gertrude if she would like to go to the Empire Music Hall with him. She declined the invitation saying that she did not go out with married men. When explained that the children were his nephews she accepted and eventually on 27th August 1918 they were married. They initially lived with his mother in law over the sweet shop in Hyson Green.
Sometime later he got a job at Gedling colliery. The original plan was that he and his wife and his now two daughters should move to Gedling and leave his mother in law looking after the shop. Unfortunately she had a slight stroke and the shop was sold and all five moved to Gedling, to a council house in Vernon Avenue. Edward George was a keen cricketer, a bowler, and played for the village team, he also became a parish councillor. He had four children, Kathleen, Beryl, John and William and with the growing family moved to Loxley Villa, Chestnut Grove, Gedling.
He died February, 1938 in a pit accident. He had risen to the post of Under Manager of the Colliery and as part of his duties he had to make various safety checks on the equipment. One Sunday evening whist inspecting the lifting gear he fell down the mine shaft to his death. Apparently it was not unusual for the managers to be alone when they made such inspections. Because there were no witnesses to the accident the owners of the Colliery refused to pay any compensation. Also, being a manager, he was not a member of the union and so no help was available from that source.
The only benefit that his widow got was free coal for the rest of her life. His widow, as well as looking after her mother and four children, had to take in lodgers, which she continued to do until she gave up the house in the 1970's.
Written by his grandson Andrew Syson.