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Author Topic: Death of Lady Leigh, Canterbury, August 1920  (Read 330 times)
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« on: February 10, 2013, 13:13:42 PM »

Dover Express - Friday 06 August 1920

MOTOR FATALITY AT CANTERBURY. LADY'S THROAT CUT BY BROKEN GLASS. A terible motor car collision occurred on Tuesday evening shortly after 7 at the junction of Church St, St. Paul's, and Lower Bridge St., Canterbury, resulting in the death in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital two hours afterwards of the Hon. Lady Leigh, 45, Upper Grosvenor Square, London, W., and Knuston Hall, lrchester.

Lady Leigh, with a lady companion, was motoring from London to Ramsgate in a car owned by Mr. Huth, of Grosvenor Rd., London. The car was proceeding down Lower Bridge St., when it collided with a car belonging to Mr. Henry Durrell, of Marine Parade, Hastings, which came out of Church St, St. Paul's. There was a terrific crash, both cars being seriously damaged. Lady Leigh was struck in the throat by a piece of shattered glass and the jugular vein was cut. She was promptly attended to by Dr. Preston, who lives near the scene the accident, and conveyed to the hospital. Nothing, however, could be done to save her and she died from hemorrhage. The lady companion escaped practically uninjured.

The deceased, Katherine Fanny Lady Leigh, was the daughter of the late James Rigby, and widow of the Hon. Sir Edward Chandos Leigh, K.C.B., K.C, whom she married in 1871, and who died in 1915. Two of her sons, Captain Chandos Leigh and Lieutenant Edward Henry Leigh, were killed in the war. The Hon. Sir Edward Chandos was a member of the "Old Stagers" and frequently took part in the theatrical performances in Canterbury Cricket Week.

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