Taylor Dyson (1882-1957)

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Taylor Dyson was a historian and academic, and was the headmaster of the King James Grammar School in Almondbury from 1913 to 1945.


He was born in Diggle, Saddleworth, the son of factory manager Lister Dyson[1] and his second wife Sarah Ann (née Schofield).

He studied at Huddersfield Technical College for three years from 1897.[2]

He married Ethel Matilda Langley[3], daughter of commercial traveller Frank Thomas Langley and his wife Matilda, on 28 July 1910 at St Matthew, Northampton. The couple had two known children:

  • Beryl Doreen Matilda Dyson (1911-2004)[4]
  • Marcus Langley Dyson (1920-1946)[5]

At the time of the 1911 Census, he was a secondary schoolmaster residing at 144 Hucknall Road, Carrington, Nottingham.

Ethel Dyson was a member of the Huddersfield Conservative Dramatic Society (formed 1927).[6]

After retiring in 1945 from the position of Headmaster of King James Grammar School in Almondbury, he moved to Christchurch, Hampshire.

In 1954, he donated his library to King James Grammer School. In February 2010, the collection was deposited in the University of Huddersfield's Archives.[2]

Taylor Dyson died aged 75 on 11 April 1957 and Ethel Dyson died on 1 June 1972.


Notes and References

  1. Lister Dyson was born 20 November 1833 at Kirkburton. He married twice and died on 21 June 1907 at Diggle.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Taylor Dyson Library" in The Almondburian (July 2010).
  3. Born 2 May 1887 in Northampton.
  4. Born in Nottingham. Married William A. Law in 1939 in Huddersfield. Died in North Yorkshire.
  5. Born 1920 in the Huddersfield area. Died 6 February 1946 at Dumfries Military Hospital.
  6. "New Dramatic Society Formed in Huddersfield" in Leeds Mercury (21/Mar/1927).