Flora May Dorothy Leighton (1904-1944) née Wood

Flora May Dorothy Leighton was killed with her son Rodney Bracken Leighton on 6 July 1944 when RAF Mosquito DZ698 crashed into their house in Fartown.

Biography

She was born on 13 January 1904, the daughter of teamer Albert Wood and his wife Eliza Ann, and was baptised on 14 February 1904 at St. Thomas's Church, Bradley.

By 1911, the Wood family were residing at 31 Cable Street, Huddersfield.

She married fitter John Frederick Bracken Leighton[1] on 22 May 1926 at Christ Church, Woodhouse Hill. At the time, she was living at 67 Fartown Green, Fartown. The couple had two known children:

On Thursday 6 July 1944, she was at home at 51 Central Avenue, Fartown with her 2-year-old son Rodney when a RAF Mosquito piloted by Flight Lieutenant Ernest Robert James Blezard of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve crashed into the house, completely destroying it and killing them both.

Her immediate neighbour, Henrietta Victoria Udell (aged 62), died from severe burns at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Another near neighbour, Mrs Kathleen Vickerman, reportedly "suffered minor burns".

Flora May Dorothy Leighton was buried at Christ Church, Woodhouse Hill, on 10 July, together with Rodney.

John Frederick Bracken Leighton of 14 Bank Buildings, Meltham, died aged 51 at the David Brown Tractor Works at Meltham Mills on 27 September 1951. He was buried at Christ Church with his wife and son on 3 October.

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1939-1945: Civilian War Dead in the United Kingdom (1954, Imperial War Graves Commission):

LEIGHTON, Flora May Dorothy, age 40; of 51 Central Avenue, Fartown. Wife of John F. B. Leighton. 6 July 1944, at 51 Central Avenue.

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  1. Born 22 November 1899 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Son of prison officer James Bracken Leighton and his wife Sara(h) Agnes (née Dorey).