David Hough

How Died:Falling Masonry
Incident Date:23/12/1940
Incident Address.91 Oakfield Road
Died Address:91 Oakfield Road
C.W.D. No.8
Grave Details:B/234
Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Altrincham (Hale) Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the December quarter 1938 in the
Bucklow R.D. - ref: 8a/269, the younger son of
Ernest & Annie Hough (nee Shaw).

1939 National Registration - 91 Oakfield Road,
Altrincham.  Ernest Hough - Married - born: 6th
November 1911 - occ: House Painter & Decorator.  
Annie Hough - Married - born: 23rd February 1908 -
occ: Unpaid Domestic Duties.   Ernest A. Hough -
born: 28th September 1935 - occ: Under School Age.
  There is one other person listed, but blanked
out under the 100 year rule.  Presumably this is
Annie's other son - David Hough?

Just before 20.30 hrs during the second night of
the "Manchester Blitz", a bomb fell on the corner
of Oakfield Road & Moss Lane, Altrincham,
destroying six houses and killing 12 civilians. 

Aged 2, he was killed along with his mother and
elder brother, in the same incident at 91 Oakfield
Road, Altrincham.   His CWD Ref No. 8 - states
that he was buried by Masonry and that his body
was dressed in pyjamas when eventually found at
13.00 hrs on the 25th December 1940.   His body
was taken to A.B. Brookes & Son's Mortuary,
Stamford New Road, Altrincham and identified by
his father, Ernest.    His father was a Painter &
Decorator by trade and had only been in the Army
for 2 weeks at the time of the bombing.

The 05/03/42 edition of the local newspaper
reports of a letter that had been received by his
paternal grand-parents at their home at 27 York
St, Altrincham from a United States Major General
John C.H. Lee paying tribute to their son and the
way he was recovering from the tragic loss of his
family.    Ernest, by then in the British 8th
Army, had been assigned to help the Major General
at his Army H.Q. both at Tobruk and Tripoli.

Buried 30/12/1940 - Burial No. 10,774.

Commemorated on the private family (paternal
grand-parents) gravestone in Hale Cem.

M.I. - "In Jesus' keeping".

His mother, Annie (Nancy) and his brother, Ernest
Alan also died in the same incident.

His father, Ernest died 15/11/1966 aged 55 years.

Although not individually named, David is one of
the 12 local residents killed at this site and
around the corner on Moss Lane who are
commemorated in the Memorial Garden on the corner
of Moss Lane and Oakfield Road.

On Friday 23rd December 2011 a group of local
residents, relatives of the victims and civic
dignitaries attended a wreath laying ceremony at
the memorial garden on Oakfield Road, Altrincham,
to the 12 civilians that died when a German bomb
landed at this site at about 8.30 pm 71 years ago
to the day.

The Sale & Altrincham Messenger sent a
photographer and a short report of the ceremony
appeared in the 5th January 2012 edition of their
newspaper.    The Hale, Sale & Altrincham
Independent Newspaper also reported the event in
their January 2012 edition.

As the articles attracted such interesting
feedback from relatives of victims and those
involved in their recovery, the Messenger's Chief
Reporter Chris Griffin,  researched the event
further and wrote a number of excellent articles
about it and the families involved.   He also
reported about the recent demolition of the nearby
Bridge Inn public house where one of the victims
was raised.    The articles were dated 12th
January, 26th January, 2nd February, 16th
February, 1st March and the 15th March 2012.  
Chris was able to obtain much unknown information
and personal photographs of a number of the
victims from their families.

Six houses were demolished in this incident - Nos.
83, 85, 97, 98 & 91 Oakfield Road, plus the first
house on Moss Lane.    No.43 Moss Lane was
situated immediately behind No. 91 Oakfield Road. 
These two dwellings suffered the greatest amount
of damage and was obviously the point where the
bomb struck.   The bodies from these two houses
were the last to be recovered at 1.0 pm on
Christmas Day.    The land where Nos. 83 to 91
Oakfield Road was sited is now the site of the
Memorial Garden and a builders merchants now
occupies the site of No. 43 Moss Lane.

Altrincham (Trafford MBC)
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