CAN YOU HELP? The Hedon Blog has been contacted by Mr James Bagnall who has asked for any information readers may have about two Hedon homes destroyed in the Blitz on Hull during World War II in 1941. We reproduce his letter here:
I have for some time been interested in the history of my house on Magdalen Lane in Hedon and particularly bomb damage that occurred on the street during the blitz on Hull in 1941. I understand that there were two houses that suffered direct hits on the evening on 8th May 1941 – Daisy Villas and Ashley Villas in Hedon.
A neighbour has a keystone block in his garage that reads ‘Daisy Villas – 1934’ so assume that our properties were those that were destroyed. The four houses that stand on this site were built circa 1947, so the timing fits in perfectly.
One entire family were killed (the Spicers) and another decimated, losing two members (the Ellertons). It was reported in the Hull Daily Mail at the time and featured briefly in the recent reprint that they published on the blitz on Hull (page 2).
I wonder if any of your readers have any more information about the incident, what type of houses Daisy Villa and Ashley Villa were and the situation around the bombing, clearance and rebuild. I would be particularly interested in any photo, although I realise that this is probably unlikely!
So far, the only other information I have been able to gather is an entry on a website republishing incidents that simply reads “Yorkshire.. Hedon.. Eleven people were killed in an incident centred around Ashley Villas, where six members of the same family died, and Daisy Villas. Hedon is situated six miles E of Hull” see North East Diary.
Finally, there is a short piece (very short!) in Bob Cochran’s book ‘Ten O’Clock Scholars: Wartime Reminiscences and Records of Pupils and Staff of Hedon School’ talking about the bomb, but nothing else.
Any other information, eye witness accounts or other detail would be very much appreciated.