Killed by Crashing Plane

Air Mechanic II Lees Hyde of No. 8 Training Depot, Royal Flying Corps died in Fargo Military Hospital, Salisbury Plain. He is buried at Droylsden Cemetery, Greater Manchester.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission register of graves reveals that he died of accidental injuries and a website recording fatal air accidents in Britain 1917 reports the following:

On November 26, 1917, an aircraft struck a tent and then a building after suffering engine failure at Lake Down.26.11.17 AM 2 Lees Hyde (30) was injured and taken to hospital but later died December 8, 1917. Spr Edward Ernest Siddy, Royal Engineers (36) was killed instantly and another two personnel were injured. The Pilot 2nd Lt Gray was uninjured.

Lees Hyde was the son of Lees and Ann Hyde of Ashton-under-Lyne. He was married to Helen Hyde of 10 Broadway, Fairfield, Manchester. She lived on to the age of 93, dying in 1983.

Fuel starvation caused Yorkshire Crash

Blackley Jewish Cemetery, Manchester. Sgt W.Op/Obs David Joshua Levy RAFVR died with his pilot Sgt Ronald Leach RCAF when their Beaufighter crashed in attempted forced-landing near Leven village rectory, East Yorkshire. Investigators believed the crew had made an error by selecting the wrong fuel tanks causing engines to become starved of fuel. The accident occured shortly after take from RAF Catfoss. Details of the crash and photographs of the two crew members can be found HERE

Woman war worker killed by bus

Mary’s portrait can be found on a display board at Euxton War Memorial

Dressmaker Mary Louisa Clitheroe joined Queen Mary’s  Auxiliary Army Corps during the latter years of the First World War. The 26-year-old resident of Euxton, near Chorley, Lancashire was employed at No. 1 Dispersal Unit, Wimbledon Common. It was a demobilisation centre for troops returning from service overseas,

On February 19, 1919, she was killed in a road accident. She was struck by a bus on Oxford Street, London. According to the Euxton War Memorial Group, a fellow worker she was with at the time was injured. . The Wimbledon Common unit was closed just weeks after Mary died.

Mary was buried in St Mary’s RC cemetery, Euxton  on February 24.

Mary’s name is the first mentioned on the Church’s war memorial:

A church roll of honour provides more information about Mary Clitheroe’s life. Click HERE for more info.