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Percy Kingsley Winter
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Died: 15 September 1921
Buried: 1 October 1921
Age: 21
Grave No: D47
Notes: Also buried in D47 - Walter Percy and Lucy Elizabeth Winter
Shipley residents will learn with regret of the severe loss sustained by Mr and Mrs W P Winter of 20 Hirst Wood Road, Shipley, by the death of their only son, Mr Percy Winter, who was drowned last Thursday while bathing in a tarn at Horton in Ribblesdale. The deceased, who was 21 years of age, had been camping out with some friends and it is believed that he was suddenly seized with cramp while bathing in the very cold water of the tarn. His companion in the water was some little distance away at the time and it was not until a shout was heard that anything was known to be amiss. Then two fishermen who happened to be in the vicinity, saw the deceased disappear and they immediately procured a boat and hurried to the spot but they were unable to find any trace of the unfortunate bather. Dragging operations were carried out in the tarn which is about 20 feet deep but the body had not been recovered by Monday night.
The young man was an old Salt School boy and was a student at the Leeds University where he had recently passed the intermediate examination for the degree of B.Sc. His father is chief science master at the Salt School. Shipley Times & Express 23-9-1921 An inquest was held on Thursday in last week at Horton in Ribblesdale into the circumstances surrounding the death of Percy Kingsley Winter (21), a university student and son of the Mr W P Winter. Science master at the Salt Schools Shipley, who was drowned while bathing in Newhouses Tarn, Horton in Ribblesdale, on 15 September. Mr W P Winter identified the body and stated that he believed his son had been a strong swimmer. A verdict of ‘accidentally drowned’ was returned. The funeral took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley, on Saturday.
Prior to the interment a requiem service, conducted by the Vicar, Canon Watson, was held at Cottingley Church. Canon Watson also officiated at the graveside. A large number of sympathisers attended in addition to the family mourners and those present to pay a last tribute of respect included: Miss fuller, Mr F J Fuller (headmaster Boys High School, Saltaire), Mr S Davies and Mr G Morris (members of the staff), and Mr and Mrs E H Steel. The pupils of the Upper Fifth Form at the Boys’ High School, Saltaire, were also present and the following ‘Old Boys’ acted as bearers: Messrs J Brigham, A Spalding, T E Thompson, L A Stephenson, D Cook and T R Mortimer. Many beautiful wreaths sent included one from the members of the congregation of the Cottingley Church, another from the headmaster and staff of the Salt High Schools, and one from the boys attending the school. Shipley Times & Express 7-10-1921