Funeral for farm tragedy victim Harry

The funeral of Harry Whitlam, 11, is being held in East Ardsley today.
The funeral of Harry Whitlam, 11, is being held in East Ardsley today.

The family of an 11-year-old East Ardsley boy killed in a farm accident have paid an emotional tribute to him.

Harry Whitlam died after being hit by a tractor at Swithens Farm in Rothwell on August 9.

Harry Whitlam was killed in an accident at a farm in Rothwell.

Harry Whitlam was killed in an accident at a farm in Rothwell.

He was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary but died the next day following surgery.

Harry’s funeral was held at St Michael’s Church, East Ardsley, on Thursday.

In a statement released on their behalf by West Yorkshire Police his family said: “There are no words to express the grief and sorrow we are feeling for our sad loss.

“We as a family have been overwhelmed by all the messages of support we have received from friends and people who knew Harry.

“Harry was a typical 11-year-old who loved fast cars, motorbikes and had a wicked sense of humour.

“He may have been small in stature but he had a huge personality which seems to have made a big impression on everybody whose lives he touched.

“We would like to offer our thanks to the emergency services and everyone involved who tried so hard to save Harry.

“Once again, as a family we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everybody for their support and generosity during this difficult time.”

A collection was taken in church for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

* The tractor driver a, 48-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending continuing enquiries.