Joseph Dodd (1807-1852)
Joseph Dodd was an engineer who perished in the Holmfirth Flood of 1852.
He was born on 30 March 1807 in Leeds, the son of joiner Thomas Dodd of Lady Lane, and was baptised on 26 April 1807 at St. Peter, Leeds.
At the time of his death, he was described as "low in stature, very thin, large nose, sandy hair and whiskers, bald on the top of the head".
Joseph Dodd and his family were killed in the early hours of 5 February when the Bilberry Reservoir burst its embankment.
Charles Batty, a miller of Bottom's Mill, testified at the inquest that he had visited the reservoir on the afternoon of 4 February. He returned to Holmfirth and called at Dodd's house to warn him that the water was only two feet from the top of the embankment. He left and told Joseph to look after himself and he reportedly replied, "Nevermind, Charles."
His body was eventually recovered from the river at Horbury Bridge and he was buried on 3 March at the Hinchliffe Mill Wesleyan Chapel. The other members of his family had been buried there on 8 February.