Unsolved Murders

W Allen

Age: 46

Sex: male

Date: 8 Feb 1942

Place: Holderness Road, Hull

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

W Allen was found dead on the road on the Sunday night, 8 February 1942.

He was a general labourer.

A riveter said that he had been friends with W Allen for nine years. He said that on the Sunday night they had been at the Windmill Hotel where they had three pints of beer. He said that later on W Allen left and said that he thought that he had gone home.

A woman said that at about 10.05pm she heard a motor vehicle bumping on the road going towards North Bridge. However, she said that she was unable to see anything in the black-out.

The woman said that she then saw a bus stop and a search was made on the road with torches and a man was carried from the road to the pavement.

The bus driver that stopped said, 'I did not knock him down. I saw him lying in the roadway'. It was also heard that another car had also stopped at the scene.

The driver of the car was an electrician and he said that as he had passed Dansom Lane along the Holderness Road, a car came out of it and passed him. He said that he then followed the car along Holderness Road and saw nothing unusual but said that he then felt his car lift as if the wheels had passed over some obstruction. He said that he then pulled to the side of the road and stopped. He added that he was of the opinion that the car in front of him must have also run over W Allen.

The bus driver said that he was following the car that stopped and that he too felt a bump and said that he then stopped and went back and found W Allen in the road. He said that he didn't see anyone in the roadway at all until the bump occurred.

The coroner said that it appeared that the first vehicle had knocked W Allen down.

The police noted that they had made an appeal requesting that the driver of any other vehicle involved come forward to give a statement but said that there had been no response.

His inquest concluded that he had been knocked down and run over by some heavy vehicle and an open verdict was returned.


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


see Hull Daily Mail - Saturday 14 February 1942, p4