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1932 : Young man electrocuted while washing his employer’s van

While washing his employer’s van, Frederick Mansfield, aged 18, was electrocuted. From the newspaper reports it would appear that he grabbed an electric light flex, that didn’t have a light bulb in it, and probably didn’t realise that the switch was on. Electricity shorted from the lamp socket across his body to the wet floor on which he was standing.

The story was syndicated nationally and appeared in a number of regional newspapers. Here’s one article from The Scotsman:

LAD ELECTROCUTED

A remarkable fatality occurred at Mitcham on Saturday night, when Frederick Thomas Mansfield (18), a butcher’s assistant, of Homewood Road, Mitcham, was electrocuted while washing a motor car.

Mansfield and another boy were cleaning the car at the rear of the premises of Edwin Birch & Sons, butchers, Church Road, and were using a “flex” attached to the electric light installation of the car for illuminating purposes. Hearing a shout, the manager went to the spot, and found Mansfield lying on his back with the flex in his hand. The manager knocked the wire from the boy’s hand, but when a doctor arrived Mansfield was found to be dead.

Source: The Scotsman – Monday 04 January 1932 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

At the inquest it was added that the vehicle being washed was his employer’s van.

It was stated at an inquest yesterday on a Mitcham butcher’s assistant, Frederick Mansfield (18), who was electrocuted while washing his employer’s motor van, that he had a flex in his right hand, and must have got the best part of 200 volts through his body. Dr. Henry Love said that Mansfield had exceedingly large thymus gland, which was a contributory cause.

Source: Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail – Thursday 07 January 1932 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

The postmortem would likely to have been performed in the Mortuary Chapel in the parish churchyard. This building was demolished some time after the formation of the London Borough of Merton in 1965.

The 1930 commercial directory gives E. Birch & Sons, butchers at numbers 36 and 38 Church Road.

Homewood Road

Road that was off of the west side of Church Road, between numbers 125 and 127. The road name is no longer used and where it was forms part of Phipps Bridge Road.

Houses were numbered odd on the south side, and even on the north side.

1910 OS Map

1910 OS Map

The 1952 OS map shows temporary housing, hutments, as the road was hit by enemy action on 18th June 1944. See below for the list of civilian dead, who were at numbers 24, 25, 26, 28, 28A, 30 and 32.

1952 OS Map

1952 OS Map

The “Metal Construction Works” shown on this map was C.U. Engineering.

Post WW2 aerial view of Homewood Road looking east, showing the huts.


Occupants from street directories

See also list of family surnames in 1933.

1898

from Church Road to Benedict Walk

NORTH SIDE

2, Henry SIVIOUR
4, John Edward PANTANEY, grocer

SOUTH SIDE

1, William Charles BAKER
3, Henry HUMPHREYS
5, Mrs LEA
7, Frederick WAITE, confectioner
8, Miss MOODY
11, Thomas RIVERS
13, Frederick SHEPPARD
17, William WHITE
19, George SIMMONDS
21, Caleb HOLDEN
23, James HOLDEN
25, Henry MOORE
27, George SEWELL
29, George GREENING
31, John TYLER
33, Robert WARREN
35, Simon BARNARD

1904 – 1905

from Church Road to Benedict Walk

NORTH SIDE

2, Walter BLACKSTONE
4, Henry James BEADLE, grocer

SOUTH SIDE

2A, Samuel COLE
1, William Charles BAKER
3, Henry PARKER
5, Miss LEA
7, Frederick WAITE, confectioner
8, Miss MOODY
11, Thomas RIVERS
13, William FERRIDGE
17, Michael M MULLER
19, John CLARKE
21, William CHIPPENDALE
23, Albert ROUTLEY
25, John COLLINGS
27, Frank BIRD
29, Henry MUNT
31, Samuel Henry CHIPPENDALE
33, Thomas BROWN
35, Thomas THORNTON

1925

from Church Road
NORTH SIDE

2, Edwin James and Mrs M. SKILLERN, Homewood Laundry
4, Charles George JAHRNS, grocer

SOUTH SIDE

1, Henry PAGE
3, Frederick SWATTEN
5, Misses LEE
7, Frederick WAITE, confectioner
8, Mrs MOODY
11, Miss RIVERS
23, John BURCHETT, chimney sweep

1933 Electoral Register – surnames

1A, COLE
1, PAGE; ELMER
3, PEARCE
3A, COLE
5, LAZENBY
7, BOURKE; BHRANDT
9, MORGAN
11, RICHARDS; GRIFFITHS
13, LUFF
15, MANSFIELD; BUSSELL; MORGAN
17, HUNT
19, MUNT
21, SCHOFIELD
23, BURCHETT; KETTELL
25, LEGGETT; ELLIOTT
27, JELLY
29, MUNT
31, CLARKE
33, BRAKSPEAR
35, DOLBY; WILSON

2, SKILLERN; ADLUM
4, NEWMAN
6, MANDERSON; RISK
8, ROGERS; THAIN
10, EPHGRAVE; THOMSON
12, CURLEY; MARNEY; WILLOUGHBY
14, PANTING; PICKETT
16, YOUNG; JELLEY
18, SPARROWHAWK; HARGOOD
20, WOOLMER; RICHARDS
22, JELLY; WATTS
24, BOXALL; GARDNER
26, GREEN; WILLERS
28, RIDER; WOOLMER
30, HILL; TONGE
32, HILLARD


World War 1 Connections
Stoker 2nd Class James Munt

Private Andrew Ohlson

Private William Henry Page

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

C F CHALLIS of 6 Homewood Road, aged 36 Years, Tobacco Blender. Conscripted on 3 January 1917 to the Army Ordinance Corps.

J COLLISON of 22 Homewood Road, aged 26 Years 4 Months, Dustman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 5 June 1916 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

T E GRAHAM of 12 Homewood Road, aged 40 Years 1 Months, Carman. Volunteered on 2 June 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

F JELLEY of 24 Homewood Road, aged 35 Years, Dustman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 7 June 1916 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

J F PEARCE of 18 Homewood Road, aged 30 Years, Dustman. Conscripted on 7 June 1916 to the Royal Garrison Artillery (no 1 Depot).

S J PICKETT of 14 Homewood Road, aged 39 Years 1 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 9 May 1916 to the Labour Centre.

WW2 Civilian Casualties

18th June 1944

24 Homewood Road

Queenie Louisa PEARCE, aged 49

25 Homewood Road

Emily Frances LEGGETT, aged 71

26 Homewood Road

Florence Amelia GREEN, aged 62
Stanley George GREEN, aged 27

28 Homewood Road

Nellie May HARDING, aged 31
Anthony WILLIAMS, aged 3
Hazel WILLIAMS, aged 3 months
Lilian Maud WILLIAMS, aged 26
Margaret Ellen WOOLMER, aged 63
Thomas WOOLMER, aged 64

28A Homewood Road

Ada Rose MEARS, aged 28

30 Homewood Road

George Richard PHAROAH, aged 17
George Richard PHAROAH, aged 45
Primrose May PHAROAH, aged 40

32 Homewood Road

Horace George ALDHOUS, aged 64
Mabel Lillian ALDHOUS, aged 54


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.