Diana Alice Hill

How Died:Land Mine
Incident Date:23/12/1940
Incident Address.32 Stanley Road, Old Trafford
Died Address:32 Stanley Road, Old Trafford
C.W.D. No.94
Grave Details:Comm/337
Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Stretford Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born Diiana Alice Aston on the 30th August 1872,
the birth being registered during the December
quarter 1872 in the Worcester R.D. - ref: 6c/325.

Married - Thomas Hill Snr during the December
quarter 1893 in the Atcham R.D. - ref: 6a/1317.

1901 Census - Stamford Street, Ashton Upon Mersey.
   Wife - aged: 28 - born: Worcester.     Head of
household - Thomas Hill - Married - aged: 26 -
occ: Tramway Inspector - born: Holmes Chapel.   
Plus 5 children.

1911 Census - 145 Second Avenue, Trafford Park,
Manchester.     Wife (listed as Diana Alice Hill)
- aged: 37 - born: Worcester.    Head of household
- Thomas Hill - Married - aged: 36 - occ: Tramway
Inspector - born: Holmes Chapel.    Plus 7
children, one of whom was Thomas Jnr. - aged: 5 -
Scholar - born: Trafford Park, who was also killed
in this incident.

1939 National Registration - 32 Stanley Road,
Stretford.    Thomas Hill - Married - Born: 1st
May 1874 - occ: Firewood Merchant.   Diana O. Hill
- Married - Born: 30th August 1872 - occ:
Incapacitated.   Thomas Hill - Single - Born: 21st
May 1905 - occ: Printers Clerk (Costing).  
Charles Dakin - Single - Born: 9th December 1901 -
occ: Locomotive Fireman.    Also recorded as a
separate family are the Ricketts family who were
also killed in this incident, together with
Charles Dakin.

CWD Report No. 94.   Died at 34 Stanley Road, Old
Trafford, from where her body was recovered at
02.30 hrs on the 24th December 1940 and taken to
the Church Street Mortuary, Stretford.    Her body
was identified by her Son-in-Law - Alfred H.
Knowles and released for burial to the Council's
Undertaker Contractor - R. Pepperdine, 31 Ayres
Road, Old Trafford.

Killed when a land mine landed on Stanley Road,
Old Trafford.   This was the worst single incident
in terms of loss of life in the whole of Greater
Manchester during WW2.   In total, thirty three
persons were killed.

Recorded as Alice Diana Hill in the Stretford
Memorial Book.   Her husband - Thomas and their
son, also - Thomas, were both killed in this
incident, as was their married daughter - Nellie
Smith and her husband William Harcourt Smith.

Buried 27/12/1940 - Burial No. 17,855.

CWGC - of 32 Stanley Road, Old Trafford. Wife of
Thomas Hill. Died at 32 Stanley Road.

Stretford (Trafford MBC)
Memorials found on:
Stretford Communal
Stretford WW2 Book
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