Biker declared dead in 1936 reaches 106

Plucky pensioner defies the odds...

Posted: 13 November 2012
by Visordown News

106 year-old Sam Ledward

A NORTH WALES man, declared dead in 1936 after a major motorcycle accident, celebrated his 106th birthday last Friday.

In 1936, Sam Ledward, originally from Winsford in Cheshire, was thrown from his 500cc Triumph, suffering head injuries. In his own words:

'I bought it off a farmer. One of his sons had come to grief on it.'

'I just tuned it up and put a new rear tyre on it. I thought the front tyre would be okay but it wasn't. It bust.'

So deep was his coma that he was declared dead and taken to the mortuary before a hospital porter noticed his 'corpse' move.

'They had to do a U-turn with me and took me back to the hospital ward.'

He came to five days later. 

Speaking 76 years on, Mr. Ledward said: 

'My first recollection of anything was seeing someone stood round the bed and me knocking something out of someone's hand. I had knocked a feeding cup out of a nurse's hand.'

'I've had a good life since.'

When asked to explain the secret of his long life, he said: 'Remember that you can’t have it all; live clean and play fair.'


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Great little story!

I wonder how much the hospital porter shat himself when he saw him move though!

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 16:44

'Remember that you can’t have it all; live clean and play fair.'
Many Happy Returns...

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 09:06

When asked to explain the secret of his long life, he said: 'Remember that you can’t have it all; live clean and play fair.'

He then added "help you I will" and "hmm impetuous you are, like your father".

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 13:57

I THOUGHT MY EX WIFE WAS DEAD,THE SEX WAS THE SAME BUT THE DISHES WERE PILING UP IN THE SINK.

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 16:07

Makes you wonder how many people are buried alive...

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 03:18

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