MEET the baby who "returned from the dead"; he’s now almost 60!
David Waterhouse was born on August 18, 1948, but a freak error meant that unfortunately his birth announcement appeared in the Examiner’s deaths column.
He was not the only baby to suffer the same infant fate!
Four other birth announcements also appeared in the deaths column at the same time.
David never knew about it until just seven years ago and it has intrigued him ever since.
Now David, who celebrates his 60th birthday this month, would like to trace them.
"It’s caused a bit of amusement over the years," said David, of Orchard Road, Kirkheaton, who runs an airport taxi business.
"The first I knew about this was seven years ago when my dad passed away and I found the cutting in a box of his papers.
"He had never mentioned it before."
Fortunately the other family announcements have all been spot on in the Examiner.
David is married to Penny and the couple live on Orchard Road in Kirkheaton. daughter Nicola’s birth announcement appeared correctly in the Examiner’s births column 30 years ago.
And her son, Ben, also appeared with no problem.
A second grandchild is due on December 23.
"It must have caused a bit of bother at the time, but was just a fluke," said David. "But it would be nice to see what happened to the other four after a bad start!"
The other births announced in the deaths column were:
Carol Anne Barker, daughter of Lillian and Herman Barker, who lived on New Laithe Road, Lowerhouses; an unnamed daughter for Neta and Allen Dobson, of Park Avenue, Greenhead; Barbara Elizabeth Ford, a daughter for Mr and Mrs William Ford, of Church Lane in Moldgreen; a son to Ruby and Cyril Whitwam of Crosland Road at Oakes.