Panmure Road Casualties



We have been able to extract the following details about the fatalities from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site and all are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Register.


Civilian War Dead Register – Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour 1939 – 1945

During the  Second World War, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was given the task of compiling as complete a list as possible of Commonwealth civilians whose deaths were due to enemy action. The complete roll of some 66,375 names is bound in seven volumes and kept near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, where a different page is displayed each day.

SurnameForename(s)AgeWhere DiedAdditional Information
AblettSarah738 Pamure Roadof 8 Panmure Road. Daughter of the late David Ablett.
CookPercy Edward44In StreetHusband of Winnie Cook, of 22 Eastern Road, Haywards Heath, Sussex.
CoxEthel Mary674a Panmure Roadof 97 Edward Road, Penge, Kent. Widow of Samuel Cox.
FreebreyElenour Beatrice509 Panmure RoadDaughter of Alfred J Freebrey, of 158 Seal Road, Sevenoaks, Kent.
GriffithDorothea Eudora4610 Panmure RoadDaughter of the late George Griffith.
SheardArabella6512 Panmure RoadWife of Wilfred Herbert Sheard, of 12 Panmure Road.
SheardBeryl512 Panmure RoadDaughter of Ernest Francis Sheard of 98 Bartley Road, and of Eileen Alice Sheard.
SheardEileen Alice2912 Panmure RoadWife of Ernest Francis Sheard, of 98 Bartley Road.
SheardMildred Isabel3912 Panmure RoadDaughter of Wilfred Herbert Sheard and of Arabella Sheard, of 12 Panmure Road.
SweetingMaud Fanny7210 Panmure Roadof 48 Mount Ash Road. Daughter of the late Alfred Sweeting.
TollafieldBridget Maud2712 Panmure RoadA.R.P. Telephonist; of 209 Chudleigh Road, Crofton Park. Daughter of John Henry and Elizabeth Cole, of 179 Chudleigh Road; wife of Gnr. Frederick William Tollafield, R.A.
UnwinGladys May2114 Panmure Roadof 14 Panmure Road. Daughter of William Augustus Unwin.
WandHenry George436 Panmure RoadHome Guard; of 6 Panmure Road. Husband of Kathleen Marguerite Wand.
WhitmarshLeonard Albert36In StreetHusband of Annie Whitmarsh, of 26 Adamsrill Road.

Our interest in this event will be obvious, four of the casualties being Arabella, Beryl, Eileen and Mildred Sheard and together with Bridget Tollafield five died in their house. We do know that Mildred was commonly called “Bobby“. As we find more information during our research we shall of course post it here but in the meantime should anybody have any information that they would like to share with us we would be more than grateful if they left a comment below.

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  4 Responses to “Panmure Road Casualties”

  1. I lived at No 16 from 1952 in the row of 6 terraced house built on the site.
    In the new build council houses on the south side of the road was a sheard family, a daughter Linda is still in the area and can be found via friends reunited.

    The houses in that road seems to have been renumbered.

  2. I am the daughter of Frank Patrick Sheard. Ernest Francis Sheard was my uncle Ernie, a lovely gentle man who didn’t speak much about this. My dad was in the house when the bomb hit but was able to get out. At that time he was engaged to Gladys May Unwin from no. 14.
    After the war finished the council housed my dad and my mum in the new houses built on this road and myself and my sister grew up at the new no. 9. I think that was really hard on my dad being on that road. He drank a lot. I only understood why when my sister (Linda) looked into the history.

    • Gladys may Unwin was my great aunt. Heard some lovely stories from my gran about her, will ask what she remembers about Frank.

      Must have been very difficult having to live on the same road afterwards.

  3. Henry George Wand appears to have had connections with Coldharbour, Surrey as details of his death are on a family grave in the churchyard of Christ Church, Coldharbour.


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