Catherine Lowndes

Incident Date:25/10/1941
Incident Address.10 Wright Street
Died Address:Altrincham General Hospital
Grave Details:4035
Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Bowdon (St. Mary's) Church Yard
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born Catherine Goddard on the 3rd April 1876, the
birth being registered during the June Qtr 1877 in
the Salford R.D. - ref: 8d/56, the youngest child
of John Samuel & Mary Ellen Goddard (nee Carter).

1881 Census - 77 Brighton St, Salford.   Daughter
- aged: 4 - born: Salford.     Head of household -
John P. Goddard - Married - aged: 44 - occ:
Printers Compositor - born: Stockport, Cheshire.  
 Also - Mary E. Goddard - Wife - aged: 44 - born:
Stockport.   Plus 4 elder siblings.

1891 Census - 28 Bridgewater Road, Altrincham.    
Daughter - aged: 15 - born: Manchester.    Head of
household - John S. Goddard - Married - aged: 54 -
occ: Letterpress Printer - born: Stockport,
Cheshire.    Also - Mary E. Goddard - Wife - aged:
54 - born: Stockport.    Plus 3 elder siblings and
1 nephew.

Married John Bradshaw Lowndes during the Sep Qtr
1897 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref: 8a/351.

1901 Census - 17 Manchester Road, Altrincham.   
Wife - aged: 24 - born: Manchester.    Head of
household - John B. Lowndes - Married - aged: 26 -
occ: Iron Moulders Labourer - born: Altrincham.  
Plus 2 young daughters.

1911 Census - 14 Huxley Street, Altrincham.   
Head - Married - aged: 36 - occ: Farm Labourer -
born: Altrincham.    Catherine - wife - aged: 34 -
born: Hightown, Lancashire.    Their two children,
aged: 13 & 12, were also listed.

1939 National Registration - 10 Wright Street,
Altrincham.  John B. Lowndes - Married - born:
29th March 1875 - occ: Casting Storekeeper Heavy
Worker.   Catherine Lowndes - Married - born: 3rd
April 1876 - occ: Unpaid Domestic Duties.

Actually died at Altrincham General Hospital from
injuries received at 10 Wright St, Broadheath on
27/10/41.   Not listed in the CWD register,
because she died in hospital rather than being
recorded by the ARP rescue services.

Buried on 29/10/1941 - Burial No. 43/13. Grave No.
4035.    M.I. - "At Rest".

Her husband John, who was also killed in this
incident, was listed as a labourer in the local

CWGC - of 10 Wright Street. Wife of John Bradshaw
Loundes. Injured 25 October 1941, at 10 Wright
Street; died at the General Hospital.    THey have
recorded the surname as LOUNDES - it should be

German Bombing Raid on Altrincham on the night of
the 25th/26th October 1941

This raid comprised a high level attack on the
Broadheath area of Altrincham in which 8 aircraft
took part, flying at a height of 13,000 ft.   The
raiders were heading in the direction of north
Wales and most stayed over the Liverpool area.

Red Warning was given at 20.35 hrs.   White
Warning at 22.15 hrs.   There was no Barrage
Balloon cover at the time, but the local Ack-Ack
Battery was deployed.

Wind speed at 15,000 ft: 30 ft per second.  At
20,000 ft: 34 ft per second.   Visibility was 4 to
5 miles.  Cloud base was between 5,000-10,000 ft.
Cloud density: 8/10th.

Two Parachute Mines fell simultaneously, causing
damage to 11 factories, a railway station, a
school and some shops.  Nine houses were totally
destroyed and 655 others sustained varying degrees
of damage.

Bombs landed 2,725 ft and 3,290 ft away from a 40
person 35 ft x 10 ft x 6 ft high steel "Anderson"
style shelter where 24 persons were taking cover. 
 There were no casualties at this shelter.

There were two domestic "Anderson" shelters some
40 ft away from No.1 crater, but were not affected
by the mines.

The destroyed houses were "old" cottage style
houses converted into shops, approximately 50
years old.  The area of damage was half a mile
radius.    Several small fires developed.

For more information of this raid - see GMBV
website - "Altrincham Raid - October 1940" under

Altrincham (Trafford MBC)
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