Yorkshire Post (18/Jul/1944) - Gift of £250 for Widow of Holmfirth Hero

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Gift of £250 for Widow of Holmfirth Hero

The widow of Mr. Donald Riley, 42-year-old hero of the recent Holmfirth flood disaster, is to receive a gift of £250 from Holmfirth Urban Council.

Mr. Riley, a member of the staff of the Holmfirth U.D.C. Electricity Department, and his 14-year-old son, Geoffrey, went to the rescue of Miss Maud Wimpenny (76), who was marooned on a wall outside her home in Woodhead Road, Holmfirth. The flood swept all three away and Mr. Riley and Miss Wimpenny were drowned, but Geoffrey was pulled out of the water after being carried a quarter of a mile down the valley.

At a meeting of Holmfirth Council last night it was stated that the gift had been sanctioned by the Ministry of Health.