Friday 28 August 2020

"Driver banned after elderrly couple Killed" Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield April 1967

 In 2017 - 2018 I posted a couple of blogs on the life and career of John Lewis Womersley. John was City Architect for Sheffield from 1953 - 1963 and led the team that planned and designed the mixed high-density housing developments, Park Hill (1957-1961) and the Gleadless Valley estate (1955-1962). He was also involved in the building of the now demolished Castle Market.

I had was archived the cutting and but when I retrieved it I found this cutting that was adjacent to it. It was from the Sheffield Star dated April 1967

I cannot really add anything to the report apart from my dumbfounded amazement at the leniency of the sentence. "There is no doubt he was going far too fast" was the keen observation of Mr Justice Veale who then fined the defendent £50 (£635 at 2020) and banned him from driving for 7 years.

Times certainly have changed, and in this instance, for the better 


Births Sep 1897 Nutbrown Harold Sheffield 9c 668

Surname  First name(s)    District  Vol  Page 

Marriages Sep 1931  

Nutbrown  Harold  Pipe  Sheffield  9c 1185  

Pipe  Florence B  Nutbrown  Sheffield  9c 1185  

Deaths Sep 1967 Nutbrown Harold 69 Sheffield 2d 281

Deaths Sep 1967 Nutbrown  Florence B 58 Sheffield  2d 281

In the 1939 National Register Harold and Florence were still at Greenwood Drive Sheffield (no 36).

Frank Anthony Porter who "died doing his utmost with a Lewis Gun" - Passchendaele October 9th 1917 and Intake Cemetery (Sheffield)

 My only aunt and uncle are buried in Sheffield's Intake Cemetery which is located just off Mansfield Road, Sheffield. I have visited the grave a few times since their deaths and when returning to the cemetery entrance, I passed the follwing family grave of Sarah Ann and Robert Porter

Photographs taken 6th July 2011 

The memorial also refers to their son Frank Anthony who died in the Great War "doing his utmost with a Lewis Gun."

I resolved that I would find out a bit more about the memorial and after a gap of nine years I have!

Frank Antony Porter

Date of Death 9/10/17  France & Flanders

Age 24

Service Number 203028  Rank Lance Corporal

Army Regiment West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) Batallion 1/5th Battalion

Attachments / Former Regiment 21953 York & Lancaster Regiment

Memorial / Roll of Honour Information

Sheffield Council Official Roll of Honour

Gleadless War Memorial

Gleadless Valley Methodist Church Roll of Honour

Sheffield Gas Co Roll of Honour Now at Transco House Effingham St/Sussex St

Where Born Ranmoor Where Enlisted Sheffield Where Resided Sheffield

CWGC Additional Information

Son of Robert and Sarah Porter. of 44 Seagrave Rd.. Gleadless. Sheffield.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 42 to 47.

Frank does not have a kown grave in Flanders for he is one of the many thousannds who are listed on the Tyne Cot memorial. And yet that is not to say he is not "buried in Passchendaele". He may well have been buried there but they have not been able to locate Frank's body.

And at least "his loving mother Sarah Ann" was spared the agony and misery of losing her son -she died in April 1913, four and a half years before her son Frank  


Tuesday 25 August 2020

What happened to Lord Haw-Haws Dog? - Hamburg, Germany May 1945

For anyone who is not familiar with Lord Haw-Haw - Lord Haw-Haw was a nickname applied to William Joyce, who broadcast Nazi propaganda to the UK from Germany during the Second World War. The broadcasts opened with "Germany calling, Germany calling", spoken in an affected upper-class English accent.

There is a lot of content relating to the life and death of William Joyce both in print and on-line but there is nothing about his dog. But the Western Morning News dated Tuesday 15th May 1945 did reveal that Joyce abandoned the puppy to its fate.But as the report demonstartaes the puppy dog fared condsiderably bettter than its previous owner did!


The Funeral of Robert William Tebbutt - 18th April 1923 City Road Cemetery Sheffield

 I have just posted a full report of the committal proceedings for Rose Artcliff who was arrested and charged for the murder of a nurse, Ada Bradley in April 1923.

The detailed report of the tragedy and its aftermath appeared in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 19th April 1923 and occupied nearly two full columns in the newspaper.

At the end of the report which at times was rather gruesome, was another report of a funeral that took place the day before at Sheffield's City Road Cemetery


It was for a Robert William Tebbutt who died at Birley East Pit in an accident earlier that month. Robert was only 24 when he died but he was awarded full military honours which seems to indicate that he was held in high esteem. At the time of his death he was a member of the Hallamshire Territorials.

From the report it looks as though Robert did not have much luck in life - gassed twice in the Great War, and then killed in a pit accident four years after his discharge,

His burial record is as follows  

Tebbutt, Robert William (Collier, age 24). Died at 123 Fitzwilliam St; Buried on April 18, 1923 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 23298, Section II of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

MorrellL, Harriet o/w Arnold (Widow, age 51). Died at Royal Infirmary; Buried on October 6, 1926 in Consecrated ground;  Grave Number 23298, Section II of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

Tebbutt, Alice (Widow, age 77).Died at 80 Lancing Road; Buried on March 10, 1952 in Consecrated ground;  Grave Number 23298, Section II of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

The Murder of Emma West - Woodhouse, Sheffield August 1889

From Illustrated Police News, 31 August 1889

The follwing report appeared in the Times newspaper on Saturday 24th August 1889  

"The Murder Near Sheffield: At Sheffield (West Riding) Court yesterday, Robert West, a travelling showman, was charged on remand with the murder of Emma West, his wife, at Woodhouse near Sheffield, on Saturday morning, the 17th inst. 
It will be remembered that while his wife was in bed in the caravan West cut her throat and then surrendered to the police, making a full confession. When deceased's mother was called an extraordinary scene occurred. Mrs. Sketchley called prisoner a murderer and villain, on which West said she was partly the cause of it, and that he was glad he had killed deceased, and only wished he had killed a man going by the name of "Leicester Jack" of whom he was jealous. 
He only wanted to die now, and the sooner for better.  He was committed for trail on the capital charged and on leaving the dock called out, "Good-bye" to his friends in Court in a most careless manner".

This seemed to be an interesting case and as the murder occurred in the Woodhouse district of Sheffield I thought I would do some research.

However someone had already done this in July 2015 and as have no wish to replicate this excellent article I am just goung to post a link to "Murdered by a Travelling Showman"

And I would like to know more about "Leicester Jack" but I think the possibilty of that is next to zero 

Sunday 23 August 2020

Mary Riddall - A Case of Selling Adulterate Milk - Sunday 24th October 1897 - the Park Sheffield

 I came across this case in the Evening Telegraph and Star dated 19th Novemeber 1897 . It concerns a Mary Riddal and her husband (not named) who were summoned and convicted for selling adulterated milk in the Park. 

The adulteration was one of the worst the inspector had seen yet - in fact the samples taken were adulterated with 30% water. But the defendent explained that he had had bad luck with his cows and that he had to buy milk off other people. He had received assuarances that the milk was pure but it appears he did not check it or receive any guarantee to this effect.

Not surprisingly the magistrate was unconvinced with this explanation and fined the defendent £4 plus costs (circa £370 in current value) 

From the report it appears that the defendent has had a rotten run with his bad cows. This was the fourth time he had been convicted of this offence!

The Melancholy Death of the Reverend Samuel Carver and his wife - Malin Bridge Sheffield - September 1842

 This cutting is from the liverpool Times dated Septermber 1842 and refers to the "melancholy death" of the incumbent at Stanningtion Church and his recently married wife who is not named.

Malin Bridge is at the bottom of the hill from Stanningtion Church and must be at least two miles way. Nevertheless a horse bolting at full gallop down the hill to the bridge must have been a terrifying experience for the couple. Serious injury and death were inevtable given the contruction of the bridge.

I checked to see if this accident had been reported elsewhere and the onlt on-line reference I could locate was on the Stannington Church website

"Samuel Robinson Carver 1842-1846
To alleviate the problem of a travelling clergyman, a syndicate of local businessmen built a parsonage and school and provided a stipend of £100pa for a resident minister.  There nominee was Samuel Carver, a Sheffield man who was a Cambridge graduate and had recently married a Cambridge woman of some wealth.  Irregularly the appointment was made without consulting the Vicar of Ecclesfield but nobody seemed to mind.  Sadly Mr & Mrs Carver were both killed when their horse bolted causing their carriage to overturn at Malin Bridge.  The couple are buried in the churchyard."

Unfortunately the writer gave the impression that the Rev Carver continued to serve his parish for another 4 years after his death in 1842. And like the newspaper no name is given for his wife who is nameless.

Here are the correct details of the marriage and death and also the name of his wife - Eliza Anne (nee Harris)

Surname First name(s)         District Vol Page 
Marriages Dec 1841   
CARVER Samuel Robinson Cambridge 14 19  
HARRIS Eliza Anne Cambridge 14 19   

Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page 
Deaths Sep 1842   
CARVER Eliza Ann Ecclesall Bierlow 22 71

From the excellent Sheffield Indexers site

Carver, Eliza Anne (~, age 42).
Died at Stannington; Buried on September 8, 1842 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number ~, Section ~ of Christ Church Cemetery, Stannington.
Plot Owner: ~ ~ of ~. Page No 36

Carver, Samuel Robinson (~, age 38).
Died at Stannington; Buried on September 8, 1842 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number ~, Section ~ of Christ Church Cemetery, Stannington.
Plot Owner: ~ ~ of ~. Page No 36

I have not been to the church at Stannington for a few years now and so I cannot say wether or not there is a memorial to Samuel and Eliza.



Thursday 13 August 2020

Douglas Harry Rawson Army Service Corps T/3/029471 (1893 - 1916)

In May 2020 I posted a blog that related to Fred Hunter (1887-1916) who died on the Somme in 1916 and is remembered on a memorial in Crookes Cemetery (Sheffield).

The researcher who so kindly supplied me with the information has contacted me again with information relating to Fred's nephew,  Douglas Harry Rawson who served in the British Army Service Corps in World War 1  

Douglas  was the first child of Ann Hunter, Fred's elder sister. He was born on 11th May 1893 at 72 Burns Road Crookesmoor Sheffield and baptised on 2nd June 1893 at St George Church Brook Hill Sheffield

His father  - Henry Anthony Rawson b 1868 (Sheffield) - died 1904 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

His mother - Ann Hunter born 30th Jan 1872, baptised 1st Oct 1879 at St Luke, Hollis Croft, , Ann's parents William and Elizabeth and sister Kate are buried in the grave that is Fred Hunter's (her brother) memorial in Crookes Cemetery. Henry Anthony, died in 1904 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 

Ann married a Joshua Almond St John church, Blackpool 26th June 1907 and she is a widow on the register. They had a daughter Margaret Almond in 1909 who would have been Douglas,s half sisiter 

Ann died about May 1924, in Fylde, Lancs, England

Henry and Ann married 30 July 1892 at St Georges, Brook Hill

They had three children 

Douglas Harry, 

Winifred b 17th September 1894, baptised St Georges 12th Oct 1894. Winifred died in Blackpool in 1975 

Dorothy who is an enigma on the 1911 census as she was born in 1904 in Cape Town South Africa. She died in Blackpool in 1950

Father Henry is not with the family on the 1901 census, Ann and children are living with her parents at Bradley Street, Crookes Sheffield. Was he away fighting in the Boer War?

Douglas Harry married an Elizabeth Mason on June 21st 1913 at the Primitive Methodist Church, Chapel St, Blackpool, Lancashire, England. 
Douglas and had two children 
Douglas who was born and died in Q3 1913 
Harry born 1914. Harry died Jan 17, 1982 • Poulton, Lancashire, England
The family lived at 5 Beford Road Blackpool

Douglas enlisted at Aldershot on 27th November 1914 for the duration of the war

Douglas died on 2nd November at Fargo Hospital, Rolleston, Salisbury, Wiltshire and was laid to rest at Layton Cemetery Blackpool.

Douglas Harry Rawson