Girl, 16, went on a date and died when hit by car

Leslie Jacobs, 87, is a former head verger at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham. But here he is aged five on his first day at Fareham Church of England School, Osborn Road, in 1930. He is seventh from the left in the back row, beneath the open window.
Leslie Jacobs, 87, is a former head verger at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham. But here he is aged five on his first day at Fareham Church of England School, Osborn Road, in 1930. He is seventh from the left in the back row, beneath the open window.
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David Goldring is hoping readers might be able to help piece together some of his family’s history.

He contacted me from his home in Bristol concerning a relative on his mother’s side.

Ethel Elizabeth Mary Grace, aged 16, in a photograph taken shortly before she died in a road accident in Southsea in 1924

Ethel Elizabeth Mary Grace, aged 16, in a photograph taken shortly before she died in a road accident in Southsea in 1924

She was Ethel Elizabeth Mary Grace.

On Friday, October 9, 1924, about 7.30 pm, she stepped out of her home in 4 Highbury Street, Old Portsmouth, to meet her boyfriend, William John Brewer.

He was a gunner in the Royal Artillery, at Clarence Barracks.

Ethel and William walked towards the Queen’s Hotel, Southsea, and crossed Clarence Parade to go to the Common, when Ethel was knocked down and killed in a collision with a car.

Ethel was 16 and that same year her father died and her older brother was to emigrate to New Zealand a few months later.

David says: ‘There was an inquest and a newspaper report of it is in my possession, as is the death certificate, which records a verdict of accidental death’

He adds: ‘I have recently visited the places along the route mentioned in the inquest report, and wonder if readers might be able to help with some information:’

He wants to know if:

· Highbury Street was ever directly connected to High Street where there are two large bollards, adjacent to the Duke of Buckingham pub.

· Houses 2 and 4 in Highbury Street were bombed during the Second World War? David says: ‘There are now more modern replacements between the end of the road and what stands as number 4a and I wonder if this property is part of the original number 4 or has there been some renumbering of the properties?’

· There is an account in print of what the area was like in the early part of the 19th century? David says: ‘A number of current house names, if original, do hint at commercial or trade activities in this part of the city and it would be useful to have some information on this, or any contemporary photos of the area.’

Any readers with information they are willing to share should contact David via e-mail at thegoldrings@hotmail.com.