Sam, 108, dies 79 years after crash drama

Sam Ledward, 108, died earlier this month. He had been pronounced dead 79 years ago after a motorbike crash
Sam Ledward, 108, died earlier this month. He had been pronounced dead 79 years ago after a motorbike crash
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A 108-year-old Blackpool man has died close to 80 years after he was mistakenly declared dead following a motorcycle accident.

Samuel Ledward, of Gwernaffield, near Mold, Flintshire, was in a coma so deep doctors ordered his body be taken to the mortuary following the crash in 1936.

My father lived to a great age. He lived for his family and he was always there for us all.

David Ledward

But the mistake was realised when he started moving.

Mr Ledward died on August 18 in Blackpool, where he had moved a few months ago to be near his son David Ledward.

The 71-year-old, paid tribute to his “family loving” father in the wake of his death.

He told Welsh newspaper The Leader: “We had had a great relationship.

“My father lived to a great age. He lived for his family and he was always there for us all.

“He enjoyed his life until the very end.”

Mr Ledward, a widower for 22 years after the death of Edith, his wife of 53 years, had lived through two world wars, saw different five monarchs and 20 different Prime Ministers.

Born in 1906 in Winsford, Cheshire, Mr Ledward was born in the same year the Labour Party formed, cereal maker Kelloggs was founded and SOS officially recognised as an international distress signal.

Aged seven at the outbreak of the First World War, he did not serve during the Second World War because of problems with his ear.

A former butcher, Mr Ledward admitted on his 107th birthday in 2013 he had been fortunate.

“Every day is my birthday,” he said. “I have had my fair share of luck but I have always taken life in my stride.”

According to the website Oldest in Britain, Mr Ledward was the 35th oldest person in the UK. It is believed he was Wales’ oldest man.