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SAD HISTORY: Ancestors of Watford bombing victims uncover family tragedy

 Published on: 1st September 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

After the memorial to the Sandringham bombings was renovated in the town, as reported on page 18, Watford News heard from a family who have just learned of their connection to the dreadful incident that took the lives of 40 people.

When Sue Moss and her sister-in-law Judy Edney began to trawl through their family tree, they never envisaged they would uncover such a harrowing family tragedy.

Sue’s father Sidney, born in 1904, was the youngest of 10 siblings, all of whom grew up in Watford. He moved to Oxfordshire during the Second World War, which is where Sue still resides.

As Sue and Judy researched the past, they discovered the names Catherine, Sydney and Daphne Milton, who were listed as amongst those who lost their lives in the Sandringham bombings on July 30, 1944.

They learned that Catherine was one of Sidney’s sisters. Sydney was Catherine’s husband and Daphne was their 17-year-old daughter.

The family also found evidence of a further three members who died during the war.

Sue said: “It’s very upsetting. I cried to think about all those people wiped out; it’s such a huge tragedy.

“We were in Watford in 2017 and had no clue! We hope to be there next year, if something is done for the 80th anniversary.”

Photo Credit: Watford Museum

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