Re: 410615 - Unaccounted Airmen - 15-06-1941
TOLLADY, John William - Air Fitter (E) - Fx.79028 - ADM 104 records that his death was due to a fractured skull, the result of a motor accident.
The inquest into the accident was reported in the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald of June 20th 1941, and it reports that Tollady and his friend Douglas Horace Anthony Wareham aged 20, of Henley-in-Arden, were killed when their car crashed on the main road half a mile from Henley-on-Arden. The car was an early 21st birthday present for Wareham, and two witnesses who were travelling in a car going the other way stated that the car came round a bend at a 'terrific' speed, touched the verge and then their back wheel a glancing blow, causing Wareham's car to crash. Both men were pinned under the car.
Both were eventually released and admitted to hospital at 6.15 p.m. but Tollady was already dead, and Wareham seriously injured with a fractured skull. He died of his injuries at 7.35 p.m.
A Police Constable who was called to the scene testified that Wareham's car had struck a tree and was wrecked, and the speedometer was stuck at 53 m.p.h. An expert witness suggested that Wareham's near-side front tyre may have been faulty and burst, but as there was no proof of whether it happened before or after it struck the other car a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned by the Coroner.
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