Rodney Bracken Leighton (1941-1944)

Rodney Bracken Leighton was killed with his mother Flora Leighton on 6 July 1944 when RAF Mosquito DZ698 crashed into their house in Fartown.

Biography

He was born in 1941, the son of fitter John Frederick Bracken Leighton[1] and his wife Flora May Dorothy (née Wood).

On Thursday 6 July 1944, he was at home at 51 Central Avenue, Fartown with his mother 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.

He was buried at Christ Church, Woodhouse Hill, on 10 July, together with his mother.

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

LEIGHTON, Rodney Bracken, age 2; of 51 Central Avenue, Fartown. Son of John F. B. Leighton, and of Flora May Dorothy 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).