Unsolved Murders

Mary Peart

Age: 20

Sex: female

Date: 15 Sep 1935

Place: Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Mary Peart fell 100 feet from a fourth floor window at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge.

She fell from the window at about 8.30am at a time when there were very few pedestrians in the vicinity.

She was immediately carried back into the club where police applied splints to her broken legs and a doctor summoned but she died soon two hours later in St Georges Hospital. She was said to have been calling piteously for her mother shortly before she died.

Another girl that shared the room with Mary Peart and four other girls said that she had gone away from their room for a moment leaving Mary Peart leaning out of the window looking at the sky and when she returned she found the window wide open and when she looked out she saw Mary Peart clad only in her nightdress in the street below.

She had worked at the club and was described as a pretty chambermaid. She had arrived in London from Newcastle about eight months earlier.

A friend of hers said that Mary Peart had an aunt in Kingston who she would always visit on her day off and had planned to do so as usual that day.

The Coroner said that although there did not seem to be any adequate motive for suicide, that it should not be forgotten that very often people committed suicide without any motive.

An open verdict was returned at her inquest.


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


see Shields Daily News - Wednesday 18 September 1935

see Western Morning News - Monday 16 September 1935

see Daily Herald - Monday 16 September 1935

see Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Monday 16 September 1935

see Yorkshire Evening Post - Tuesday 17 September 1935