Edward Brook Addy (c.1914-1946)

This page is part of the Holmfirth Flood Project which aims to make content available to researchers in advance of the 175th anniversary of the 1852 Flood which will be commemorated in 2027.


Edward Brook Addy worked as a motor driver.

He married textile weaver Marion Stead in 1936. By 1939, they were residing at 42 Hope Bank, Honley.


On 20 September 1946, heavy rain had fallen across Lancashire and Yorkshire for around 20 hours causing widespread flooding across the North of England. In Huddersfield, emergency services rescued workers who were trapped on the upper floors of mills and factories.

At Honley, 32-year-old Edward Brook Addy had been attempting to rescue one of his chickens from the floodwaters when he was accidentally swept away by the river. The tragic event was witnessed by his wife.[1] His body was found two days later "entangled in the branches of a tree at Lockwood cricket field".[2]

Notes and References

  1. "Lost in Saving Chicken" in Yorkshire Post (21/Sep/1946).
  2. "Two Victims of the Flood" in Yorkshire Post (23/Sep/1946).