Teresa Dyson

How Died:V.1. Flying Bomb
Incident Date:24/12/1944
Incident Address.33 Chapel Street
Died Address:33 Chapel Street
Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:St. Anne's P.C., Churchyard, Tottington
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born as Teresa Dyson on the 25th November 1888.  
No trace of her birth record.

1891 Census - No Trace.

1901 Census - No Trace.

1911 Census - No Trace.

Married James Dyson during the December quarter
1921 in the Nottingham R.D. - ref: 7b/968 and
resided at 40 Bernard Street, Nottingham.

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.  Her husband - James Dyson was
also killed in this incident.

See Bury Times 30/12/1994 and the Bolton Evening
News December 27th 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 - 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 duty. 

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. Wife of James Dyson. Died at 33 Chapel

Probate was granted at Peterborough on the 6th
June 1947.  Her residence was 412 St. Albans Road,
Burwell, Nottinghamshire, she died at 33 Chapel
Street, Tottington on the 24th December 1944.   
Administration was granted to Edith Charles,
widow.   Her Estate was valued at £124. 15s. 1d.

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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