Remembering the tragic bombing of Magdalen Lane, Hedon May 8th 1941.

Remembrance CrossIt was tonight, 75 years ago during the second world war, that 12 people were killed in Hedon when two neighbouring homes in Magdalen Lane (Ashley and Daisy Villas) were bombed and destroyed during an air raid in the town.

Until only very recently it was believed that six members of the Spicer family were killed in the blast and were listed on the official casualty list but rediscovered during Hedon Blog investigations was the fact that 23-year-old Norman Spicer was also killed; he was on leave from the war at the family home on the night of the bombing.

The tragedy went on with the additional discovery that the surviving Spicer family member, son Jack who was out working on the night of the bombing, died less than two years later aged only 22 presumably affected by the grief.

I hope tonight as we go safely to bed, we remember the 12 victims – and Jack too – and reflect what Neil Huntley says on our Facebook page: “How lucky we are not to have to live through a major war!”

We will remember them!

Ashley Villas

Ellen Pricilla Ellerton age 54
Josephine Mary Ellerton age 26
Muriel French age 38
John Richard French age 9
Lucy Jubilee Lear age 44

Daisy Villas

Ernest John Spicer age 45
Vida May Spicer age 44
Lance Corporal Norman Spicer age 23
Joan Spicer age 22
Delma Spicer age 14
Geoffrey Spicer age 10
Edward Spicer age 6

The victims of the Hedon Blitz are commemorated in a Memorial Tribute created by Muriel Scudamore and Julie Marshall which is currently hung in the Hedon Town Hall.

More about the tragedy available by following this link (each article has some very interesting comments): Hedon: The Blitz

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