Unsolved Murders

Elizabeth Kate Lacey

Age: 10

Sex: female

Date: 8 Jun 1908

Place: Blackmoor, Hampshire

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Elizabeth Kate Lacey was found stabbed in the throat in a lane near Blackmoor.

A soldier was tried for her murder but acquitted.

Her body was found by two boys that had been spending their holidays with their aunt in Whitehill. They had been with their little sister when they passed a soldier in a red tunic with the Prince of Wales feathers on the collar and then saw Elizabeth Lacey's body huddled up behind some brambles in front of a high hedgerow. They then hurried off to Whitehill, two miles away, where they informed the police.

When the police arrived they found Elizabeth Lacey dead with throat injuries. They then found her little green doll's perambulator with her doll and purse containing 2d lying close by in the bushes.

Two hours later the police went to the 1st Welsh Regiment barracks nearby where they found a soldier in bed. He was arrested and taken to the police station where he was charged. The police found that parts of his uniform appeared to have been recently washed and his belt had been newly pipe-clayed.

The soldier was tried at the Hampshire Assizes on 12 November 1908 but was acquitted.


see Dundee Courier - Friday 13 November 1908

see The Salisbury Times - Friday 12 June 1908