Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Mitchell Family - 107 Pitsmoor Road Sheffield - 14th December 1940

I received the following mail this week

"I have spent ages looking through your wonderful sites and have come across the one about civilians who died in Pitsmoor during the blitz.
My sister in laws family were the Mitchell’s of 107 Pitsmoor Road.  I have looked all through the newspapers from the date of the blitz up to their burial on Dec 24th in Burngrave Cemetery and can find no mention of anything much about the blitz.  I can only conclude that this was not reported in full as the authorities did not want the full extent to be know.
Is there anywhere else I can look that will perhaps tell us what their story was ?
Hope you can help"

I check on the Sheffield Indexers site showed the full horror of the tragedy - 4 member of the family were killed hat night and are buried together. The funeral took place on Xmas Eve 1940


BREAN, Annie ((Air Raid Victim), age 22).
     Died at 107 Pitsmoor Rd; Buried on December 24, 1940 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 4358, Section JJ of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: E. P. Cook: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
    

LAYTON, Harry (Greengrocer, age 64).
     Died at 155 Skinnerthorpe Rd; Buried on April 16, 1924 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 4358, Section JJ of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, H.D. Mullett: Removed from St Cuthberts Parish.
    
MITCHELL, Agnes (air raid victim, age 54).
     Died at 107 Pitsmoor Road; Buried on December 24, 1940 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 4358, Section JJ of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: E P Cook: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
    
MITCHELL, Archie (shoe maker (Air Raid Victim), age 14).
     Died at 107 Pitsmoor Rd; Buried on December 24, 1940 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 4358, Section JJ of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: E. P. Cook: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

MITCHELL, Gordon (air raid victim, age 12).
     Died at 107 Pitsmoor Road; Buried on December 24, 1940 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 4358, Section JJ of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: E P Cook: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

I could not add any further information about the event - it is a fact that the press both locally and nationally were heavily censored by the Ministry of Information. And the information that was printed was at best "sketchy" and at worst just plain incorrect.

If anyone can throw any more light on the fate of the Mitchell family please let me know

 

















   

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