The Last of the Sheffield Bomb Victims - Sunday 12th October 1941

This article is in effect a supplement to the one I posted on George Macbeth and William Trevor Wilde. They were killed on Monday 20th October 1941 during an air-raid but their deaths were the result of an anti-aircraft shell exploding in Clarkhouse Road, and not a German bomb. The last fatalities that were the result of a German bomb occurred eight days earlier, on Sunday 12th October 1941.

This is a report of the tragedy - it is as you will see subject to strict war-time censorship. The report is from The Telegraph and Independent dated Tuesday 14th October 1941

The victims named in the report are as follows

TEMPEST Derek, age 4; of 287, Ellesmere Road, Pitsmoor. Son of James Hilton Tempest, and Gladys Eveline Tempest. October 12, -1941, at 287, Ellesmere Road.

TEMPEST Edna, age 17; of 287, Ellesmere Road, Pitsmoor. Daughter of James Hilton Tempest and Gladys Eveline Tempest. Injured October 12, 1941, at 287, Ellesmere Road; died October 13, 1941, at City General Hospital.

TEMPEST Gladys Eveline, age 43: of 287, Ellesmere Road, Pitsmoor. Daughter of Hebdon Flower Lancaster, of 8, Woodlands Grove, Stanningley, Leeds, and of the late Rose Anne Lancaster: wife of James Hilton Tempest. October 12, 1941, at 287, Ellesmere Road.

TEMPEST James Hilton, age 41: of 287, Ellesmere Road, Pitsmoor Son of Jane Tempest, of 179, Highfield Cottages, Fartown, Pudsey, and of the late Arthur Tempest; husband of Gladys Eveline Tempest. October 12, 1941, at 287, Ellesmere Road.


COWLEY Mary Ann, age 59, of 289 Ellesmere Road, wife of William Cowley. October 12 1941 at 289 Ellesmere Road.

COWLEY William, age 58, of 28, Ellesmere Road, husband of Mary Ann Cowley, October 12 1941, at 289 Ellesmere Road

MIDDLETON Annie, age 37, of 285, Ellesmere Road. Daughter of Daniel and Harriet A Hooper, of 291, Ellesmere Road, wife of Horace Middleton. Injured October 12, 1941, at 285 Ellesmere Road, died October 14, 1941, at Royal Infirmary.

MIDDLETON Joan, age 8, of 285, Ellesmere Road. Daughter of Horace and Annie Middleton. October 12, 1941, 285, Ellesmere Road.

MIDDLETON Horace, age 40, of 285, Ellesmere Road. Husband of Annie Middleton. Injured October 12, 1941, at 285, Ellesmere Road, died October 19, 1941, at Royal Infirmary.

Horace who was badly injured in the blast died from his injuries seven days later - as far as I'm aware he was the last person to be killed by a German bomb in Sheffield during the Second World War

Five of the victims are buried in Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery

MIDDLETON, Annie (Wife of Horace (air raid victim), age 37).
Died at Royal Infirmary; Buried on October 18, 1941 in General ground;
Grave Number 39, Section T1 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: A L Wigley: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
MIDDLETON, Horace (Joiner (Air Raid Victim), age 40).
Died at Royal Infirmary; Buried on October 23, 1941 in General ground;
Grave Number 39, Section T1 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: W H Proudlove: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
MIDDLETON, Joan (Daug of Horace (air raid victim), age 8).
Died at 285 Ellesmere Rd; Buried on October 18, 1941 in General ground;
Grave Number 39, Section T1 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: A L Wigley: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

COWLEY, Mary A (Wife of Wm (air raid victim), age 59).
Died at 289 Ellesmere Rd; Buried on October 16, 1941 in General ground;
Grave Number 133, Section T1 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: E P Cook: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
COWLEY, William (Overseer (air raid victim), age 58).
Died at 289 Ellesmere Rd; Buried on October 16, 1941 in General ground;
Grave Number 133, Section T1 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister: E P Cook: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

The four members of the Tempest family are not buried in Sheffield. This is from the Yorkshire Evening Post dated 16th October 1941 

This is their probate record

The irony of the fatalities that it took place in Ellesmere Road, Pitsmoor. Twenty-five years earlier, in nearby Danville street, Sheffield's first victim (Frederick Stratford) of an air-raid died. Frederick is also buried in Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery.

But surely the most thought-provoking words in the report is the sentence in the third paragraph from the end

The sheet of music on the desk was entitled "A Perfect Day"     

Sources

Yorkshire Evening Post dated 16th October 1941 

The Telegraph and Independent dated Tuesday 14th October 1941

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sheffield Indexers

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