Unsolved Murders

Peter Griffiths

Age: 73

Sex: male

Date: 11 Aug 1900

Place: Port Admiral Hotel, Lancaster Road, Preston

Peter Griffiths was killed after a soldier accosted him in the yard of the Port Admiral Hotel.

The soldier first asked for a match and then a penny and when he said he didn't have one the soldier grabbed him by the throat and dragged him down the road.

He took a cab home and later died of peritonitis. The coroner reported manslaughter by persons unknown.

Peter Griffiths was a Knocker Up and lived at 15 Aughton Square. In the afternoon he had gone to the Port Admiral Hotel in Lancaster Road and some time after went into the yard of the inn where the soldier asked him for a match and then a penny.

When he didnt comply the soldier threw him down and knelt upon him while at the same time holding him by the throat. Someone shouted 'You Coward' and the soldier got up and walked away.

Peter Griffiths was assisted home, evidently in great pain but the next day on the Sunday he was taken to the infirmary where he died at 12.40am on the Monday morning.

*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Edinburgh Evening News - Wednesday 15 August 1900

see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 14 August 1900