John Wiliam Law

Rank:Policeman (PWR)
How Died:Blast - Land Mine
Incident Date:23/12/1940
Incident Address.East Union Street - Police Station
Died Address:East Union Street - Police Station
C.W.D. No.45
Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Not Known
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the September quarter 1889 in the
Wigan R.D. - ref: 8c/41, the son of Thomas & Ann
Law (nee Foster).

1891 Census - 115 Caroline Street, Wigan,
Lancashire.     Son - aged: 1 - born: Wigan.   
Head of household - Thomas Law - Married - aged:
35 - occ: Watchmaker - born: Manchester.  Also -
Ann Law - Wife - aged: 36 - born: Wigan,
Lancashire.  Plus 2 elder siblings.

1901 Census - 19 Back Wallshaw Street, Oldham.  
Son - (listed as John Willie) - aged: 11 - born:
Wigan, Lancashire.    Head of household - Thomas
Law - Married - aged: 45 - occ: Watchmaker - born:
Manchester.  Also - Ann Law - Wife - aged: 45 -
born: Ashton, Lancashire. (Ashton in Makerfield
???).   Plus 2 brothers, the youngest - Ernest
will later be required to identify his brother's

1911 Census - 9 Partington Street, Oldham.   Son -
aged: 21 - occ: Insurance Agent - born: Wigan,
Lancashire.  Head of household - Ann Law - aged:
54 - born: Wigan, Lancashire.  Plus his yougest
brother - Ernest.

CWD Report No. 45.   Died as a result of blast at
the East Union Street Police Station from where
his body was recovered at 13.00 hrs on the 24th
December 1940 and taken to the City Road Mortuary,
Old Trafford.    His body was identified by his
younger brother - Ernest Law, 19 Abbotsford Road,
Oldham and released for burial to A. Ashton
(Undertakers) 61 Yorkshire Street, Oldham.  
Described as being 5 feet 10 inches in height with
light coloured hair and fresh complexion.  
Employed as a Police War Reserve.

One of six Police Officers killed when a Land Mine
fell onto the East Union Street Police Station,
Old Trafford  on the first night of the Manchester
Christmas Blitz.   Four were killed instantly -
two died a few days later.

Death registered in Stretford Borough.    Buried
on 30/12/1940.

See also the Lancashire Constabulary Roll of

CWGC - Constable, Police War Reserve; of 17 Duke
Street. Died at Trafford Park and killed at
Trafford Park.

Stretford (Trafford MBC)
Memorials found on:
Stretford WW2 Book
Stretford Borough Police
Lancashire Constabulary
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