Violet Doreen Gardner

Incident Date:22/12/1940
Incident Address.Church Street
Died Address:Church Street
Grave Details:2/917
Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Hyde Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
CWGC - Daughter of James and Mary C. Gardner, of 3
Hawthorn Grove. Died at Church Street, Hyde.

Mother - (Mrs. Gardener) 35 Nelson Street, Hyde.

Born at New Mills on 29th March 1923, the daughter
of James GARDNER¸ a native of North Lancashire
and his wife Mary Catherine nee HIBBERT, formerly
of Glossop, who had married at Ulverston in 1903.
At the time of her death she was a Glove Maker, at
Messrs R. Ollerenshaw, Hyde.  The family appear to
have been residing at 3 Hawthorn Grove, Hyde,
although when identifying the body at the Mortuary
her mother was shown as being at 35 Nelson Street,
Hyde?   She was buried in Hyde Cemetery - all that
remains is a large concrete cross with no MI. 

A short account of damage done by bomb dropped in
Hyde December 22nd 1940 by Albert Proctor.

"At about a quarter to eight on the Sunday
evening, after the raid had been in progress one
hour, the town of Hyde was suddenly arroused by
the screaming of bombs, followed by a terrific
explosion. Within half an hour I learned that it
had scored a direct hit on some houses facing St
Georges School and that several people had been
killed. On visiting same on Christmas day was sad
to see what harm the bomb had caused. The house on
which the bomb had exploded was completely
destroyed and both houses on either side were
damaged far beyond repair. The wall around the
schoolyard bears remaining evidence of the flying
shrapnel in the form of large cranies and pieces
of stone chipped from the surface. At the time
this happened, I was home in Nelson Street within
200 yds of the fatal spot. All except two of our
windows remained. In an area of 300 yds
practically all the windows were blasted out. The
vibration was dreadfully terrific and at our house
we thought it had only dropped a few yards away
from our house".

Photogaph of her at a wedding a few weeks before
she was killed.

Hyde (Tameside MBC)
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