James Dyson

How Died:V.1. Flying Bomb
Incident Date:24/12/1944
Incident Address.33 Chapel Street
Died Address:33 Chapel Street
Grave Photo:Yes - Headstone
Cemetery or Memorial:St. Anne's P.C., Churchyard, Tottington
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born at Burwell, Cambridgeshire on the 13th
January 1892 the birth being registered during the
March quarter 1892 in the Newmarket R.D. - ref:
3b/518, the son of George & Fanny Mary Dyson (nee

1901 Census - North Street, Burwell,
Cambridgeshire.    Son - aged: 9 - occ: Turf
Labourer - born: Burwell, Cambridgeshire.    Head
of household - George Dyson - Married - aged: 38 -
occ: Turf Agent - born: Burwell, Cambridgeshire.  
 Also - Fanny Mary Dyson - Married - aged: 34 -
born: Middlesex, London.    Plus 3 siblings.

His father - George Dyson died in 1907, aged: 45.

1911  Census - North Street, Burwell,
Cambridgeshire.    Son - aged: 19 - born: Burwell,
Cambridgeshire.    Head of household - Fanny Mary
Dyson - Widow - aged: 44 - born: St. Martin's
London.    Plus 2 siblings.

WO363 - Attested into the 4th Essex Rgt at
Colchester, Essex on the 14th February 1916. 
Mobilized on 09/04/1916 - Service No. 3934.  
Aged: 24.    Height - 5 feet 4 3/4 inches.  He
weighed 118 lb and his chest measurements were
from 31 1/2 inches to 33 1/2 inches.   Next of Kin
- Fanny Dyson (mother).   Served "At Home" (UK)
from 04/02/1916 to 04/01/1917.   Posted to France
and into the 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment on
05/01/1917.   In November 1918, he was serving
with the 53rd Infantry Brigade and was granted
leave between 05/11/1918 and 19/11/1918. 
Transferred to the 10th Essex Battalion on thr
27th February 1919, then the 15th Battalion on
16/03/1919 and finally returned to England and
demobilized at Thetford on 10/09/1919.  His
address was then Chapelside Reach, Cambridgeshire
and he was then aged: 27 and his service No. was
now 35001.   He was suffering from an Inguinal

Married Teresa Dyson during the December quarter
1921 in the Nottingham R.D. - ref: 7b/968.

1939 National Registration.   412 St. Albans Road,
Nottingham.    James Dyson - Born on the 13th
January 1892 - Married - occ: Gardener.   Teresa
Dyson - Born on the 25th November 1888 - Married -
occ: Unpaid Domestic Duties.

Visitors from Nottingham, they had arrived the day
before to visit Mrs. Dyson's sister, who was
spared as she was a nurse who was on night duty
when the bomb fell.    His wife - Teresa Dyson was
also killed in this incident.

The Bury Times edition of the 30th December 1994
and the Bolton Evening News edition of the 27th
December 1944.

Chapel Street has St Ann's church on one side, and
had a row of terraced houses on the other, until a
V1 bomb landed there on Christmas Eve, 1944. One
of 45 V1 rockets launched from a modified HE-111
Heinkel bomber, I/KG53 squadron, fell short of its
Manchester target and landed on these terraced
houses. The first of the 15 that fell short landed
on Chorley at 05:30, the Tottington one hit at
05:50, killing 6 people. One can only hope they
died quickly, and in their beds with no knowledge
of the event. The highest death toll of these 15
bombs was on Abbey Hills Road, in Oldham, where 27
people died with a further 49 injured. In
Tottington, the Whitehead family of Stormer Hill
paid for the Remembrance Gardens to remember the 6
who died. A plaque at the rear of the garden
carries the names of those who lost their lives.
They are :-
1.Mr Nicholas Conway, a 50 year-old dye-plant
worker and his wife Mary Ann, who was 48. They
both died in their home at 19 Chapel Street. 
2.Miss Annie Greenalgh age 75 died at home at 21
Chapel Street. 
3.Elizabeth Hodgkinson Draper, age about 55 died
at home at 31 Chapel Street. 
4.Mr James Dyson age 52 and his wife Teresa were
visiting Teresa's sister, M Rooney, a nurse, for
Christmas. They were from Bulwell in Nottingham.
They died at 33 Chapel Street. 

People injured;
Miss Mary Conway - 19 Chapel Street.
Mrs Bertha Greenalgh - 21 Chapel Street.  (died
February 20th 1945)
Mr Dewhurst Greenhalgh - 21 Chapel Street.
Mrs Alice Midgley - 39 Chapel Street.
Miss Ethel Riley - 15 Chapel Street.
Mrs Mary E. Hodges - Printer's Arms P.H.
Mr Herbert Young
Miss Norah Hamer - 33 Chapel Street.
Miss Ellen Barnes 

Bury Times 31/12/2013 edition reported that James
Dyson, aged 52, and his wife Teresa had only
arrived in Tottington a few hours earlier from
their home in Nottinghamshire to visit Teresa's
sister, Nurse Mary Rooney, for Christmas   They
died when the rocket hit the house, though Nurse
Rooney, was not at the house as she was on night

Death registered during the December quarter 1944
in the Heywood R.D. - ref: 8c/509, aged: 52.

Probate - James Dyson of 413 St. Albans Road,
Burwell, Nottinghamshire, died at 33 Chapel
Street, Tottington, Lancashire.   Administration
granted at Peterborough on the 16th April 1947 to
widow Edith Charles.  Estate valued at £216. 6s.
2 d.

In Tottington, 14 injured people were put on to
stretchers at The Printers' Arms near the bomb
site and then taken to the infirmary, including
were Miss Conway, Ethel Riley, Herbert Young and
Ellen Barnes. 

Numbers 21 and 23 Chapel Street were destroyed,
while two neighbouring properties and a shop were
severely damaged. A total of 27 houses suffered
serious structural damage and eight of those had
to be demolished.

St Anne's Church nearby had all its windows blown
out, save for one behind the altar and clothes,
bedding and furnishings were scattered into trees.
Showing true resilience, the congregation turned
out for a Christmas Day service, despite the
devastating damage of the previous day. 

CWGC - of 412 St. Albans Road, Bulwell,
Nottingham. Husband of Teresa Dyson. Died at 33
Chapel Street.

The 2nd September 1949 edition of the Manchester
Evening News reported that the houses damaged by
the V1 bomb are to be demolished.  The owner of
the properties - Mr. George Ormerod, fought a
claim with the War Damages Appeals Panel to
rebuild the houses, but the local council hoped to
turn the site into a Garden of Remembrance.

There were four banks of houses, including the
Printer's Arms P.H. along the western side of
Chapel Street.   There is now only one bank which
is currently a restaurant, that has a different
shaped footprint to the old plans of the street,
so was probably rebuilt????.   Then came the
Printer's Arms P.H., with a long row of cottages
attached.   The third bank was situated directly
opposite the Church and the fourth sited between
the Church and the Vicarage.   The dwellings were
odd numbered from Turton Road, but are not easily
reconciled with the early map of that Street and
the 1939 National Registration records.    That
census records the public house, next is No.5,
then No.9.   After that comes Nos.15, 17, 19, 21
and 23.    There is then a gap in the numbers that
start again at No.29 and go through without a
break to No.43.   The evens side is almost
identical to that today, again starting from the
Turton Road junction - Nos.1 - 4 Churchgate, the
Village School which was also destroyed, the
Church and the Vicarage. 

Tottington (Bury MBC)
Memorials found on:
Tottington V.I.
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