Mary Ann Crotty

Mary Ann Crotty lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She shared a home with her sister Matilda. Both women lost their lives during the Belfast Blitz.

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Mary Ann Crotty

Mary Ann Crotty lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She shared a home with her sister Matilda. Both women lost their lives during the Belfast Blitz.

Mary Ann Crotty died during the Belfast Blitz on 15th April 1941. Born in 1883, she was the daughter of William Crotty and Elizabeth Crotty (née Downing) of Wolff Street, Belfast, Co. Down.

Mary Ann (Marian) had older siblings; Jane Crotty born on 19th April 1881, and Thomas Crotty born on 25th April 1882. Younger siblings followed, John Crotty born on 12th February 1885, James Crotty born on 12th February 1885, Elizabeth Downing Crotty born on 4th March 1886, George Manson Crotty born on 24th July 1888, Helen Crotty born on 13th March 1892 and Leslie Crotty born on 4th March 1894. With a growing family, Shipwright William Crotty moved from Wolff Street to Dee Street and on to Thorndyke Street.

Belfast Blitz - Thorndyke Street

Belfast Telegraph Photo: AR 175 (Part of the Belfast Telegraph Collection). Rescue teams, Air Raid Precaution Wardens and Vicars amongst the remains of Thorndyke Street, Belfast. 16th April 1941.

By April 1941, Mary Ann lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast, Co. Down with her sister Matilda Violet Bleakley and husband Thomas William Bleakley.

Mary Ann Crotty died when the roof of the Thorndyke Street public air raid shelter collapsed. Many of those inside the shelter died in The Easter Raid of 15th April 1941. She was 57 years old.

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