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The 28 who died
7th November 1940
Sarah Huff Collett Aged 51, wife of Frank Collett. Sarah was injured at her home at 7 Arthur Street due to falling anti-aircraft fire, and died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Sarah, nee Simpson, married Frank locally in 1913. Their son also Frank, on leave from the army, had both legs broken in the blast and spent several months in hospital. Another son Ivan, a Royal Marine, was killed in Sicily in January 1944. Family members still live in Kenilworth. Sarah was in the W.V.S., mainly concerned with rest centre work, and appeared as Kenilworth’s only representative on the W.V.S. Roll of Honour. Sarah is buried in Kenilworth cemetery.
Sarah's entry in the WVS Roll of Honour. It records the month of her death incorrectly.
14th November 1940
Gladys Florence Lawrence Aged 27, wife of Clifford Eric Lawrence, Gladys died in the front room 14 Hyde Road due to falling bombs. This was the night of the Coventry Blitz. Gladys, nee Jenkins, married Clifford in Birmingham in the early weeks of the war. Gladys is buried in Quinton Cemetery, Birmingham. (Please see 'The Hyde Road Incident' under the tab 'Other attacks')
21st November 1940
Louie Astle Aged 64, Louie died with her daughter Beatrice at 1 The Square. Widow of F S Astle
Beatrice Louie Astle Aged 30, Beatrice died with her mother Louie at 1 The Square.
Winifred Mary Lancellotte Aged 42, Winifred died at 1 Abbey End. She was the daughter of Mr & Mrs C H Field and married Oscar Lancellotte at Bath in 1917. Oscar was born Oscar Albert S G G Lancellotti in London in 1891. His parents were Italian, his father a jewellers assistant. The Lancellottes had a business as confectioners and tea rooms next door to ‘The Globe’. Oscar was buried in the debris but survived. Their daughter Dorothy, born in 1921 in Worcester, came to Kenilworth to witness the planting of the commemorative oak tree in 1990. Winifred is buried in Kenilworth Cemetery. (Photograph courtesy of her grand-niece, Catherine Gallagher) (See also 'Oscar Lancellotte' under 'Survivors Stories')
Annie Mary Amy Lee Aged 31, Annie died at 2 Abbey End. Annie, nee Tracey, married William J Lee locally in 1938.
Lavinia Elizabeth Redwood Aged 52, Lavinia died at her home, 6 Abbey End. Lavinia, nee Parsons, married in Wimbourne 1911, Avereld E J Redwood, born 1883 in Ilminster. She was a member of the W.V.S. but post-war was omitted from its Roll of Honour. Lavinia is buried in Kenilworth Cemetery.
Isabella Gillis Smith Aged 60, Isabella was seriously injured at her home and place of business, 3 Abbey End. She died on November 27th in Warneford Hospital, Leamington. She was co-proprietor of the drapery ‘Smith & Millar’.
George Webb Aged 62, George died with his wife Nellie at their home, 5 Abbey End. George came from an extensive Kenilworth family that were involved in a number of Kenilworth businesses in the late 19th century. In 1901 George was a brickmaker. For reasons unknown, George is one of two civilians included on the town’s war memorial for fallen servicemen.
Nellie Webb Aged 58, Nellie died with her husband George at their home, 5 Abbey End.
William Allen Aged 63, from Foleshill, Coventry, William died with his wife Charlotte, daughter Frances Lucas and her husband Charles at 1 Abbey End, Oscar Lancellotte’s tea-room. William, but not Charlotte, is on the London Road Coventry, civilian memorial.
Charlotte Allen Aged 61, from Foleshill, Coventry, Charlotte died with her husband William, daughter Frances Lucas and her husband Charles, at 1 Abbey End, Oscar Lancellotte’s tea-room.
Thomas Bristow Aged 38, his parents lived in Lincoln, but Thomas's address was West Hooe. A mystery surrounds Thomas; the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his death as being at 2 Abbey End, but recently (February 2011) inspected Kenilworth cemetery records record his death as being at ‘The Globe’. Anecdotal evidence, that is still to be investigated, suggests the former to be true. Thomas is buried at Kenilworth Cemetery.
Arthur Ernest Glennie Aged 40 of Stepingstones Road, Coventry, Arthur died with his wife Louise at 5 Abbey End, Smith & Millar the drapers. They are buried together at Kenilworth Cemetery (above).
Louisa Glennie Aged 40 of Stepingstones Road, Coventry, Louisa died with her husband Arthur at 5 Abbey End, Smith & Millar the drapers. They are buried together at Kenilworth Cemetery (above).
Grace Halls Aged 40, wife of W Halls of Coventry, Grace died at 9 Abbey End, ‘Roseary’, the home of Alec Robertson. Grace was buried in Kenilworth Cemetery, on 27th November 1940. (See also, 'Robertson family' under 'Survivors Stories')
Bertie Lamb Aged 55, from Gulson Road, Coventry, Bertie died at ‘The Globe’. Bertie was married to Ada, nee Stanley; ‘The Globe’ licensee of the time was Mr Stanley, a likely relation. Bertie is buried in the London Road Cemetery. For reasons unknown, Bertie is one of two civilians included on the Kenilworth’s war memorial for fallen servicemen.
Rose Ellen Lane Aged 65, widow, from Bolingbroke Road, Coventry. Rose died at ‘The Globe’, and is buried at the London Road cemetery, Coventry.
Charles Edward Lucas Aged 42, from Stivichall, Charles died at 1 Abbey End Oscar Lancellotte’s tea-room, with his wife Frances and her parents William and Charlotte Allen. Charles is buried with his wife at the London Road cemetery, Coventry.
Frances Lucas Aged 35, from Stivichall, Frances died at 1 Abbey End Oscar Lancellotte’s tea-room, with her husband Charles and her parents William and Charlotte Allen. Frances is buried with her husband at the London Road cemetery, Coventry.
Mary Saunderson Aged 57 from Standard Avenue, Coventry, Mary died with her husband Samuel at 7 Abbey End, ‘Salumin’, the home of Jonathon Morris. Mary and Samuel are buried together in Kenilworth Cemetery.
Samuel Saunderson Aged 65 from Standard Avenue, Coventry, Samuel died with his wife Mary at 7 Abbey End, ‘Salumin’, the home of Jonathon Morris. Mary and Samuel are buried together in Kenilworth Cemetery.
Ann Eliza Snape Aged 56, from Earlsdon, Coventry, Ann died with her husband William and probable nephew the already orphaned Kenneth Snape, at 5 Abbey End, Smith & Millar the drapers. Ann is buried at London Road cemetery, Coventry.
Kenneth George Snape Aged 17, from Earlsdon, Coventry, Kenneth, who had already lost his parents, died with his probable aunt and uncle, William and Ann Snape at 5 Abbey End, Smith & Millar the drapers. Kenneth is buried at London Road cemetery, Coventry.
William Job Snape Aged 56, from Earlsdon, Coventry, William died with his wife Ann and probable nephew the already orphaned Kenneth Snape, at 5 Abbey End, Smith & Millar the drapers. William is buried at London Road cemetery, Coventry.
Ralph Craven Stanley Aged 27, from Cheylesmore, Coventry, Ralph died at ‘The Globe’. Ralph was the son of licensee James Stanley and was home on leave for the birth of his first child.
In grave V 1630 in Kenilworth Cemetery lies an unknown male victim, aged about 65. The lack of identification suggests he was not a Kenilworth person, and was mostly likely displaced from Coventry.
Buried with him are other unidentified remains. It was not possible at the time to even establish if they were of a male or female.
Or is it 27?
It is a sad fact that the remains of several people known to have died at Abbey End were never found. It is therefore possible, or even likely, that the ‘remains’ in grave V1630 actually belong to one or more of those missing but named. Equally, they could be those of someone unknown and so the total must be stated as 28. This consists of the 2 ladies who died in Arthur Street and Hyde Road, 24 named to have died at Abbey End, 1 unidentified at Abbey End, and the ‘remains’.
Details obtained from Susan Tall (personal correspondence), Kenilworth Cemetery Records, Kenilworth Weekly News (various editions), London Road Cemetery Burial Book - and the websites of the following: Kenilworth War Memorial, FreeBMD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Womens Volunteer Service, Family Researcher-Coventry Blitz victims.
All personal photographs have been submitted by relatives and used with permission.