Murder, Mystery and Mayhem during the Blitz and WW2

Murder, Mystery and Mayhem during the Blitz and WW2….Part 1. tells the story of Southampton citizens who lost their lives during the Blitz and the later war years. By FoSOC guide Lizzie O’Sullivan

Keeping others safe.

Robert Lavington was a volunteer firewatcher so what did he see during the air raid on the 15/3/1941.

Sheltered from the air raid under a bridge.

Harry Harley worked at the Super-marine factory so why was he under the bridge during the air raid on the 26/9/1940.

It’s not always the bomb that get you.

Eliza Martha Lush was going down the steps into the air raid shelter and then disaster happened.

Helping others.  

William Oldbury was an Auxiliary Fire Service volunteer so what happened during the air raid on 30th November 1940.

First policeman.

PC Frederick Tupper was on duty in at the Civic centre police station when it was bombed on 23rd November 1940. 

A true hero.

Percival Toms was a groundsman and ARP warden and died in July 1964. So why have I included his story here.

Sleeping with a deranged husband.

Frederick Johnson was an ARP warden and on the 15/2/1940 he took things too far with him and his wife.

She was a lovely old thing and will miss her ………!

Sarah Lashmore had no friends so, why on her death on the 11/2/1943 upset the neighbours so much. 

When your time is up……!

The Garibaldi Arms got a direct hit on the 23/11/1940 so who was in the local of that pub whose luck had just ran out.

Didn’t come home after work. 

Mary Gurman set off for her cleaning job on the 30/11/1940 and never went home to Alfred so what happened to her.

Voluntary worker gave aid to others during the blitz.

Ethel Young died on the 24/9/1940 in an air raid so who attended her funeral and what legacy did she leave.

Did he fall or was he pushed?

Frank Grevett fell out a window on the 13/4/1940 but he was arguing with his wife at the time so did she take revenge?

Part 2 …….2022…watch out for this walk and (hopefully) many more on the FoSOC website.

Many thanks to Bruce Larner for taking all the photos.