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Wrexham war veteran died after fall and hip operation, inquest hears

Published date: 19 May 2017 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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ONE of the country’s oldest surviving Second World War veterans died of a chest infection as a result of a fall, an inquest has found.

David Tudor died on December 19, 2016, shortly before what would have been his 104th birthday, after the fall at Trewythen Hall Care Home in Gresford where he was a resident.

Born in Gwersyllt, he had lived in Holt before he moved to the care home.

Mr Tudor was a retired motor mechanic.

He was also a warrant officer who had previously been in the Royal Welsh Territorial Army until the outbreak of the Second World War, during which he sailed to India on the Empress of Japan in 1941.

Mr Tudor was stationed in various locations including Delhi, Lahore and Bombay, experiences he recounted in a Wrexham Leader story a month or so before his death, recalling the time he met Victoria Cross recipient Flt Lt David Lord.

At the inquest into his death, held in Wrexham yesterday, his daughter Marlene Ayling described her father as “fit, healthy and very independent”.

She added he “walked for miles”, was an “avid reader” and received his first speeding ticket at the age of 99, deciding to stop driving shortly afterwards.

Mrs Ayling said her father was happy at Trewythen Hall, but was found by staff on the floor of his room by the bed, with pain in his right leg above the knee.

He was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital where it was found he had broken his hip, and he underwent surgery the next morning, but developed pneumonia.

David Barlow, an orthopaedic surgeon, confirmed that Mr Tudor’s chest infection was as a result of the broken hip sustained because of the fall.

John Gittins, coroner for North East Wales and Central, concluded that death was accidental.

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