Could I through your columns appeal to readers for help with some research I have been doing.

A gravestone in Duckmanton churchyard bears the legend of James Alton, accidentally killed in the Markham disaster, May 10, 1938.

This was a coal dust explosion in Markham, number one pit, which nearly 80 men lost their lives.

The name James Alton does not seem to be in the local press coverage of the event, not in the list of those killed, injured or buried. Neither dies his name appear on any list in the official enquiry into the disaster.

Possibly some of your local historian readers could enlighten me.

John Robinson