Unsolved Murders

James George Barratt

Age: 3

Sex: male

Date: 28 Dec 1949

Place: Scar Street, Blackburn, Lancashire

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

James George Barratt was found dead in a passage 60 yards from his home.

He was found by a 15-year-old girl who was James Barratt's aunt. She said that she found him lying about six inches from a wall and said that it appeared to her that he had been placed there.

He had a slight head injury, but it was not thought to have been sufficient to have caused his death. It was thought that he might have injured himself whilst playing and that he might have collapsed whilst trying to get home. A policeman said that it was possible that he could have been running along the passage and bumped into a cart which had made his nose bleed.

The Home Office Pathologist said that it was difficult to say how his injury could have been caused accidently but added that a more severe blow and probably other blows would have been expected if he had been assaulted.

He had lived in Scar Street in Blackburn and was found about 60 yards from his home after his parents and neighbours had been searching for him for about six hours.

His mother was a grocer and his father a tape sizer.

An open verdict was returned at his inquest where it was heard that there was no evidence that he had been hit and that they could only surmise what had happened.


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


see Leicester Daily Mercury - Thursday 12 January 1950

see Nottingham Evening Post - Friday 30 December 1949

see Hull Daily Mail - Friday 30 December 1949

see Aberdeen Press and Journal - Friday 30 December 1949