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1931: Tragedy on the roads at night

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Wykehurst Lane

On Sunday Mr Frederick Goacher brackets (69), of 1 Diamond Cottages, was killed, and Mrs Jemima Ayling, of Kentish Town, London, sustained a fractured skull here. The latter, with her husband, was spending a holiday with Mr Goacher, she being a relative.

At 3:45 the three were walking towards Bolney on the off-side of the road, near Wykehurst Park when a HB saloon car, driven by Lieutenant Richard Pratt Targett-Adams, of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, ran into them from behind. My Ayling escaped with a slight shaking, but the other two were carried a considerable distance before the car stopped.

Dr Dickens (Cowfold) was fetched, but he could only say that Mr Goacher was dead. Mrs Ayling, who had a fractured skull, among other injuries, was taken to the Haywards Heath Hospital. Her condition, at the time of writing, was critical.

West Sussex Gazette, 30 April 1931

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

Photo: Wykehurst Lane. Wikimedia public domain image.

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