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1933 Explosion – Slightly Injured List

From the Norwood News – Friday 31 March 1933, via the British Newspaper Archive

SLIGHTLY INJURED.

10 Belgrave Road
Mrs. MARY WALLS (aged 57)

12 Belgrave Road
Miss MAUD SEALEY (aged 17)
ELIZABETH SEALEY (aged 12)
PEGGY SEALEY (aged 10)

13 Belgrave Road
HENRY SEALEY (aged 29)

16 Belgrave Road
MYRTLE CONNOR (aged 15)

18 Belgrave Road
FREDERICK WELLER (aged 18)

20 Belgrave Road
Mrs CISSIE SPARROWHAWK (aged 42)

24 Belgrave Road
Mrs. MINNIE JARDINE (aged 40)
ALEC JARDINE (aged 17)

28 Belgrave Road
CHARLES WHITING (aged 30)
Mrs. MINNIE E. WHITING (aged 30)
ELIZABETH WHITING (aged 12)

30 Belgrave Road
Mrs. ETHEL GOODSELL (aged 48).

34 Belgrave Road
JOHN FOSTER (aged 48)

27 Queen’s Road
Miss ELLEN COOPER (aged 18)
ANNIE COLLINS (aged 18)

6, Stanley-road, Morden

FRANK CAPLIN (aged 28)
All these are suffering from bruises and cuts on head, body, and legs (not of a serious nature), caused by falling debris.

The Official Report on the Explosion also has names and addresses of those affected, with details of buildings damaged.

Lower Mitcham School

Now Benedict Primary School, Benedict Road.

Described in the 1918 street directory :

Lower Mitcham, Church road, built in 1897, for 280 boys, 280 girls & 320 infants & enlarged in 1913 for 380 boys, 880 girls & 320 infants; John D. Clarke, master; Miss Annie Roes, mistress; Miss Ellen Smith, infants’ mistress

Staff
1899, Mr Harber, Headmaster
1899, Mr Hossack, Assistant Master
1918, Mr John D. Clarke, Headmaster
1918, Miss Annie Roes, Mistress
1918, Miss Ellen Smith, Infants’ Mistress
1926, Mr H. C. Toller, master
1926, Mr F. C. Stone, headmaster
1933, Miss White, Teacher

Newspaper Articles

1899 School Board Report

1910 Antipodean Visitors

1920 Twin Towns

1924 Comedy of School Vacancy

1926 Novel Jazz Band at Christmas

1933 Seaside holiday for Explosion children


Merton Memories Photos
1924

Seaside Holiday for Explosion Children

26th April, 1933

CHILD VICTIMS OF EXPLOSION

Week’s Holiday at the Seaside Guests of Teachers

Sixty Mitcham children whose homes were destroyed in the recent explosion have had a joyous week at the seaside at Dovercourt, near Harwich. They were the guests of the National Union of Teachers and the Surrey County Teachers’ Association.

At Dovercourt they have revelled in the sand and the country; they have had trips to farmyards; and; wonder of wonders, a boat trip to Felixstowe.

Half-a-dozen teachers from the Lower Mitcham Schools and Nurse Elsmore took these homeless children to the first real holiday they have ever had in their lives.

“It has been marvellous,” said Miss White, one of the teachers, when she returned to London. “I did not think it was possible for children to enjoy themselves so much. Look at their little brown faces, and talk about eat! Some of them have gained nearly three pounds in weight.

Then (writes a correspondent) came the joyous cries of the children as they arrived. Thus said little Charley Fulton, who is about seven — “What a time we’ve had, but ain’t the sea cold! I went paddling, and it was grand. I don’t never want to come home now.”

Then Florrie Addaway, who is nine, said she had never seen the sea before. “Ain’t it just grand!” she said. “We ain’t ‘arf had a good time. I want to see my mummie again, but I would like to live by the sea and go round the farms. We went on a ship and it was wonderful.”

The 60 children were lined up on the station platform, checked and counterchecked by the teachers, and all found correct. Two by two they marched off mites of 3 1/2 and children of nine to the motor coach to take them to the Holborn Schools, where, till other homes can be found for them and their parents, they are being sheltered.

Source: Dundee Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 26 April 1933 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)


For more details about the Explosion, see the Official Report.

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1933 Bath Road

Electoral for Bath Road in 1933, the year of the Explosion.

Odd numbers, south side

Harding, Mary Ann 1
Harding, William 1
Banks, Ernest Ethelbert 3
Banks, Rosetta 3
Slater, Sarah Ann 3
Slater, Robert 3
Hilliard, James Thomas 3
Adaway, Martha 5
Adaway, Albert Victor 5
Adaway, Sophia 5
Gibbs, Ellen Ada 9
Gibbs, John Henry 9
Abrehart, Thomas 9
Whiting, Susannah 11
Whiting, William Absalom 11
Whiting, Charles 11
Whiting, Minnie 11
Fowles, Albert William 13
Fowles, Clara Kate 13
Fowles, Robert 13
Fowles, Maud 13
Fowles, Arthur 13
Hartshorn, Jane 15
Honey, Ada 17
Honey, Alfred 17
Wallis, Edgar 17
Collins, Albert 19
Collins, Frances May 19
Smith, William 21
Smith, Alice 21
Smith, Abraham 21
Smith, Sarah Kathleen 21
Dedman, John 23
Dedman, Rose 23
Dedman, John (Junr.) 23
Dedman, Rosina 23
Dedman, James 23
Dedman, Violet Elizabeth 23
Smith, Rachel 25
Smith, Samson 25
Willoughby, Rebecca 25
Ide, Frederick Felix 31
Ide, Janie Emily 31
King, George 31
King, Harry Theodore 31
Osborne, Ada Mary 33
Eagar, Ernest 33
Eagar, Violet Mary 33
Payne, James Thomas 39
Whiting, Charles Robert 39
Whiting, Elizabeth 39
Pratt, James Walter 39
Pratt, May 39
Smith, Albert John 41
Smith, Minnie 41
Pratt, Ruth Agnes 43
Pratt, Walter Charles 43
Pratt, John William 43
Pratt, Naomi 43
Norris, Albert John 45
Norris, Rachel 45
Deacon, Leonard 45
Deacon, Olive 45

Even numbers, north side

Cooper, Alice 2
Cooper, Henry 2
Cooper, John 2
Cooper, Major 2
Hookins, Ernest James 6
Hookins, Frank 6
Hookins, Rose 6
Hookins, Sarah May 6
Stevens, George 8
Stevens, Jane 8
Stevens, Thomas 8
Ackerman, Abraham 8
Aspland, Charles 10
Aspland, Florence 10
Aspland, Frederick 10
Cain, Thomas George 12
Cain, Emily 12
Cain, Lily Louisa 18
Cain, Charles William 18
Cain, James 18
Cain, Dorothy Mary 18
Cain, Eliza 20
Cain, Olive 20
Cain, Alfred 20
Whiting, John Edward 26
Whiting, Ellen Violet 26
Hookins, George Edward 28
Hookins, George EdwardJR 28
Hookins, Alice 28
Cullup, Rosina Sarah 30
Keeler, Harry 30
Keeler, Rose 30
Bush, Joseph 30
Forster, Lucy 32
Forster, William Albert 32
Forster, Annie 32
Forster, John 32
Forster, Samuel Horace 32
Forbus, Bert 34
Forbus, Mary Ann 34
Watson, William 34
Watson, Alice 34
Brice, Henry Albert 36
Brice, Bessie 36
Mance, Henry George 36
Mance, Harriet 36
Potter, Alice Isabel 38
Potter, Edward Ernest 38
Newbury, Charles 40
Newbury, Emma 40
Newbury, Lilian 40
Newbury, William James 40
Clark, Mary Agnes 42
Clark, Charles Henry 42
Clark, Walter William 42
Norris, Albert 44
Norris, Martha 44
Watson, Henry Charles 46
Watson, Rose Alice 46
Watson, Elizabeth Lucy 46
Nicoli, Alice 46
Nicoli, Domnica 46
Searle, Ann Elizabeth 48
Searle, Dennis 48
Searle, Percy 48
Adaway, John 48
Cain, Frederick 50
Cain, Jane 50
Deacon, Leonard 52
Deacon, Alice 52
Deacon, Sarah 52
Deacon, Rachel 52
Pharoah, George Richard 54
Pharoah, Primrose May 54
Hartshorn, Percy 56
Hartshorn, Ellen 56
Hartshorn, Agnes Maud 56
Hartshorn, Alfred Sidney 56

1933 Queens Road

Electoral register for Queens Road in 1933, the year of the Explosion

Odd numbers, south side

Good, Sarah Ann 9
Good, Thomas 9
Herrington, William 11
Herrington, Alice 11
Surkitt, Frederick 11
Dighton, Walter 13
Sealy, Elizabeth 15
Sealy, George 15
Sealy, Edward 15
Sealy, Eleanor 15
Willoughby, Frank 17
Willoughby, Mary 17
Parker, Charles 17
Marney, William 19
Marney, Emily 19
Marney, Susan 19
Miley, James 21
Miley, Vertina 21
James, Rebecca 21
James, Caroline 21
James, Mary 21
Willoughby, Alfred 23
Willoughby, Maud 23
Smith, Ernest 23
Smith, Unity 23
James, Amy 23
Smith, Emily 25
Smith, Jesse 25
Mara, Benjamin 25
Mara, Elizabeth 25
Cooper, Uriah 27
Cooper, Alice 27
Cooper, Ellen 27
Cooper, Uriah (Junr.) 27
Ayres, Annie 29
Ayres, Hiram 29
Ayres, Sarah 29
Ayres, Henry 29
Miley, Rallie 29
Ayres, Henry 31
Mawson, Maud 31
Brazil, Robert 31
Brazil, Agnes 31
Brazil, Agnes (Junr.) 31
Mara, Richard 33
Mara, Alice Elizabeth 33
Cawley, John 33
Smith, John 35
Smith, Maria 35
Novell, Sidney 37
Novell, Elizabeth 37
Surkitt, John 37
Surkitt, Verity 37
Aslett, Ada 39
Rogers, Robert Isaac 39
Whiteman, Ethel 41
Whiteman, William 41
Whiteman, Charles Arthur 41
Allen, Kathrine 43
Thornton, John 43
Thornton, Emily 43
Cook, George 45
Cook, Florence 45
Cook, Annie 45
Marshall, Maria 45
Marshall, Fred 45
Leader, Frederick 45
Hookins, Adelaide 47
Hookins, William Frederick 47
Hookins, Gladys Rose 47
Vince, Annie 49
Vince, Arthur William 49
Vince, Caroline 49
Munt, Caroline Elizabeth 51
Munt, Albert 51

Even numbers, north side

Russell, Annie 4
Russell, William John 4
Russell, Ellen Louisa 4
Russell, Florence Lily 4
Bull, Rose Christina 6
Bull, Richard Samuel 6
Bull, Rose Jenny 6
Bull, Richard (Junr.) 6
Bull, Rose Alice 6
Bull, Jessie Alice 6
Novell, John 8
Novell, Louisa 8
Jardine, William 10
Jardine, Annie 10
Langley, William 12
Langley, Alice Lydia 12
Jelly, Sarah 14
Jelly, William 14
Jelly, Charlotte 14
Jelly, Ivy 14
Davis, William 16
Davis, Dorothy 16
Chapman, Ada Ethel 16
Farrier, Albert Edward 18
Farrier, Amelia 18
Brice, Amy 20
Brice, William 20
Brice, Charlotte 20
Parsons, Annie 22
Parsons, Annie (Junr.) 22
Davis, Thomas 22
Davis, Elizabeth 22
Block, Archer Louis 24
Block, Victoria Helen 24
Block, Archer John 24
Sallis, Henry 26
Sallis, Mabel 26
Sallis, Ernest 26
Sallis, Charles Herbert 26
Sells, William 26
Sallis, Minnie 26
Kingett, Frances 28
Kingett, Harry 28
Kingett, Florence 28
Boxall, Ethel 28
Herrington, Amy 30
Reader, John 30
Reader, George 30
Adaway, Jesse 32
Adaway, Emily 32
Adaway, William Charles 32
Newsom, Adelaide 34
Newsom, Ellen Elizabeth 34
Newsom, Walter 34
Newsom, Frederick John 34
Thompson, Emily 36
Cassey, Rose 36
Dale, Elizabeth 38
Spencer, Harold 38
Spencer, Jessie Emily 38
Wood, Frederick 40
Wood, Florence 40
Lee, Richard Charles 40
Lee, Ivy 40
Cassey, James 42
Varnham, William 42
Varnham, Evelyn 42
Bowers, Maud 44
Brooks, Ada Caroline 46
Brooks, Charles 46
Brooks, Edith Lilian 46
Brooks, Rose Alice 46
Jeal, George Thomas 48
Jeal, Sidney 48
Jeal, Charles 48
Jeal, Arthur 48
Jeal, Albert 48
Munt, Joseph 50
Munt, Mary Ann 50
Murat, Albert 50
Swansbury, Elizabeth 52
Swansbury, James 52
Hazel, James 52
Bowers, Ada May 54
Bowers, Henry 54
Fox, James 56
Tanner, Alice 56
Truelove,Hubert George 56

1933 Belgrave Road

Electoral Register of occupants of voting age in Belgrave Road in the year of the Explosion.

Odd Numbers on west side

Searle, Rosina Mary Bath Tavern
Martin, Agnes Bath Tavern
Tidy, Ada Edith Bath Tavern
George, Leonard Bath Tavern
Tonge, Gervasse 5
Tonge, Lucy Elizabeth 5
Tonge, Lucy Barbara 5
Richardson, Reginald Ralph 7
Richardson, Beatrice May 7
Forster, John 9
Forster, Jane 9
Stopher, Lucy 11
Stopher, William Alfred 11
Hilliard, Albert James 13
Hilliard, Ellen Catherine 13
Sealey, Henry 13

Even numbers on right side, next to WJ Bush factory

Munsey, Charles 2
Munsey, Florence 2
Blake, Maria Mary 4
Blake, William George 4
Blake, Grace Violet 4
Herrington, Sidney 6
Herrington, Millicent 6
Francis, Charles Walter S
Francis, Ellen 8
Francis, Ellen Mary 8
Walls, Alfred Herbert 10
Walls, Mary Ann 10
Walls, Edward Herbert 10
Walls, Elizabeth 10
Sealy, Emma Jane 12
Sealy, Robert William 12
Taylor, John 14
Taylor, Margaret 14
Smith, William 14
Smith, Cissie 14
Connor, James Leonard 16
Connor, Annie Louise 16
Gorey, Charles 16
Gorey, Ellen Maud 16
Weller, George Sam 18
Weller, Hannah 18
Weller, Charles 18
Weller, Walter 18
Ackerman, Albert 18
Ackerman, Julia 18
Sparrowhawk, Harry 20
Sparrowhawk, Sarah 20
Sparrowhawk, Priscilla 20
Smith, George 22
Smith, Edith 22
Jardine, Minnie 24
Jardine, Robert Alexander 24
Jardine, Jane 24
Adaway, Thomas 26
Adaway, Isabel Louise 26
Whiting, Charles Edward 28
Whiting, Minnie Elizabeth 28
Goodsell, Ethel Louisa 30
Goodsell, James 30
Goodsell, Frederick 30
Goodsell, Edith 30
Cook, Ernest James 32
Cook, Emily 32
Cook, Gwendolen 32
Cook, Ernest William 32
Forster, Louisa Jane 34
Forster, John 34
Forster, Jane 34
Forster, Elsie 34
Hilliard, James 38
Stopher, Lucy 38
Stopher, John Thomas 38
Clarkson, Charles 38
Clarkson, Gladys 38
Hill, Elizabeth 38