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V1 Bomb hits Tottington
Six people were killed around 5.50am on Christmas Eve 1944 when a German V-1 (also known as flying bomb/buzz bomb/doodlebug) landed on several cottages in Chapel St, Tottington, additionally one person dying later of their injuries.
Numbers 21 & 23 Chapel St were totally destroyed, the 2 adjacent properties and a shop in the close also sustained severe damage, a total of 27 houses severely damaged, eight houses rendered uninhabitable. St Ann’s Church set back on the opposite side of the road had all the windows, but the one behind the altar, blown out.
The killed were:
† Mr Nicholas CONWAY, age 50, a dye works operative and his wife
† Mary Ann CONWAY age 48 both of 19 Chapel St, both died at 19 Chapel St.
† Miss Annie GREENHALGH age 75, of 21 Chapel st and died at 21 Chapel St, daughter of the late Walter GREENHALGH
† Mr James DYSON age 52 of 412 St Alban’s Rd, Bulwell, Nottingham and his wife
† Teresa DYSON age 56 (visiting Mrs Dyson’s sister, Nurse M ROONEY for Christmas) both died at 33 Chapel St
† Bertha GREENHALGH age 64 of 21 Chapel St, died 20 Feb 1945 at Bury Infirmary, wife of Mr Dewhurst GREENHALGH
† Elizabeth Hodgkinson DRAPER, age 54/56, a shop assistant, of 31 Chapel St, wife of Edward DRAPER died at 31 Chapel St.
Miss Mary CONWAY
Sources: The London Times, The Bury Times Dec 1944, “Bury and the Second World War” by K. Inman & M.H. Helm, priv. pub. 1995, pp 159 – 161.