Unsolved Murders

Reginald Field Riley

Age: 7

Sex: male

Date: 7 Jul 1908

Place: Heysham Harbour, Morecambe

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Reginald Field Riley was found dead in a field.

He had returned home from school and then gone out to collect flowers for his mother but was never seen alive again.

His body was found about 30 minutes later under a hedge with a deep stab wound in the nape of the neck. The wound was caused by a sharp knife or chisel and had severed his spinal cord. There was also a wound on his temple although there was no sign of a struggle.

No weapon was found and no strangers or suspicious people were seen.

His father was the foreman of Heysham Harbour.


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


see Western Daily Press - Friday 24 July 1908

see Western Gazette - Friday 10 July 1908