Unsolved Murders

William Alexander Woods

Age: 29

Sex: male

Date: 19 Dec 1936

Place: Pounds Wharf, Portsmouth

William Alexander Woods was found dead on the road.

He had lived at 6 Merton Grove in Portchester and had been cycling at the time that he was injured.

He was found on Pounds Wharf on 16 December 1936 and taken to the Royal Portsmouth Hospital where he died on 19 December 1936.

A man that had been passing Pounds Wharf early on the morning of 16 December 1936 said that he was overtaken by a motor-car that was going at a moderate pace and that further along the road he saw William Woods lying in the road being attended to by a seaman and a car pulled up by the side.

The seaman that was attending to William Woods said that he had pulled up instinctively and felt no impact with his car, saying that he had been driving six or seven feet from the kerb.

A policeman said that the cranks on William Woods's bicycle were of exceptional length and said that it was possible that they had caused him to be thrown.

The doctor that examined William Woods said that he had been unconscious when he was admitted to the hospital and had died from a laceration of the brain following a fractured skull. He said that his injuries could have been caused by an ordinary fall from a cycle.

An open verdict was returned.

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Portsmouth Evening News - Tuesday 22 December 1936

see Hampshire Telegraph - Friday 25 December 1936