Beryl Carter - killed by enemy action 6.11.1944

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  1. BereniceUK

    BereniceUK Well-Known Member

    aged 19 months. She's remembered on her grandparents' headstone in St John's churchyard, Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, but where was she was killed? It's not clear if she's actually buried there, or just remembered.

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Civilian CARTER, BERYL
    Died 06/11/1944

    Civilian War Dead

    Aged 19 months; of 77 Biscot Road. Daughter of 2nd Lieut. and Mrs. Stanley Carter. Died at 77 Biscot Road.

    Died 06/11/1944

    Aged 69

    Civilian War Dead

    of 77 Biscot Road. Widow of James Thompson. Died at 77 Biscot Road.
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Biscot Road Luton,Bedfordshire.

    At 9:50 AM on Monday November 6th 1944, a single V2 rocket detonated in the Commer Car Factory canteen block in Biscot Road, killing 19 people, injuring 196 and damaging 1,524 houses. As common with all V2 rockets, there was no air-raid warning since the radar technology of the day was unable to detect these rockets as they followed a ballistic trajectory via space, and were travelling faster than the speed of sound at impact. The explosion caused a crater 30 ft wide and 12 ft deep. Numbers 77 – 83 & 58 – 68 Biscot Road were destroyed, and houses up to 1.5 miles away were damaged. Brick dust from the pulverised houses drifted and settled in Wardown Park. If the rocket had landed 5 minutes later, the canteen would have been filled with people taking their 10 AM break.

    001 BAYNHAM RA - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    002 CARTER B - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    003 COOP G - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    004 CROSS OF - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    005 GLENISTER RB - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    006 HANDCOCK GS - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    007 JONES E - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    008 MOORE NJ - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    009 MORTLOCK CR - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    010 RAINES EM - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    011 REES A - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    012 RIXON CJ - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    013 RUDD F - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    014 SIMPKINS L - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    015 SQUIRES AH - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    016 THOMPSON AE - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
    017 WISE PJ - - 06/11/1944 CIVILIAN WAR DEAD
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, WWII Civilian Deaths, 1939-1945
    Name: Beryl Carter
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1943
    Death Date: 6 Nov 1944
    Death Place: Luton, Bedfordshire, England
    Age at Death: 1
    Father: Stanley

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Beryl Carter
    Death Age: 1
    Birth Date: abt 1943
    Registration Date: Dec 1944
    Registration district: Luton
    Inferred County: Bedfordshire
    Volume: 3b
    Page: 490

    Looks as though 17 people including Beryl were killed that night.

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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    That morning, of November 6th 1944, it was eight minutes to ten in the morning, they’d been building for a year a new canteen and offices over the top of the Department where I working. The Clerk of the Works had moved out at 9 o’clock that morning, finished! Eight minutes to ten, a V2 rocket hit the corner of it and flattened the lot an hour later! That’s when it happened, there were four people around me that were killed. Two of those I think were killed by the blast, not a mark on them, by the blast. I was funnily enough sitting in the office talking to my boss at the time and that was another funny thing because he had taken the job on, he was retired. He’d taken the job on to keep it open for his son-in-law who’d had to go into the Services and he treated me like a granddaughter and I was sitting talking to him waiting for the canteen wagon to come round with sandwiches on. He was never without his trilby on and his glasses and he always used to take his small change out and put it in a bag or something for his little grandson. This day he was standing at the desk, I was sitting by the side of him on a chair he was standing at the desk counting his change out to give to his grandson. With the V2 rocket you get no warning, they travel faster than sound anyway you see. You get the sound of them travelling after the explosion because they travel faster than sound. You got no warning at all with those. One minute we were sitting there talking and the next minute the only thing I remember was that I was up to here (up to Mrs. Lynn’s neck) in all sorts of bricks and mortar with a metal frame down around me. And this hissing noise which I realised afterwards was coming from the heating system, which used to blow hot air into the huge workshop.

    BBC - WW2 People's War - Wartime memories of Luton and Maulden Part One
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  6. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    77 Biscot Road, Luton M.B., Bedfordshire
    Stanley Carter 06 Mar 1910 Certificated Assistant Elementary School Master
    Kathleen M Carter 02 Feb 1912 Unpaid Domestic Duties
    Annie E Thompson 01 May 1875 Unpaid Domestic Duties
    Marie Lawrence (Snazinuntch) 05 Dec 1923 At School
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