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« on: December 02, 2012, 12:04:30 PM »

The following article appeared in the local Dover press back in August 1940 - reading further on the incident, it was written at the time that the house was demolished when a Blenheim struck a barrage balloon cable and crashed in Chevalier Road.


Dover Express - Friday 30 August 1940

DOVER P.C. & HIS WIFE KILLED.
A terrible accident happened on Saturday night sometime after ten o'clock, as a result of the crash in Chevalier Road, where a fire and the demolition of a house, together with damage to another, occurred. All in Dover heard with the deepest regret that a Dover police constable, William Charles Maycock, aged 31, and his wife, Mary, aged 28, lost their lives owing to the destruction of their house.

P.C. Maycock, a son of the late Mr. William Maycock and Mrs. Maycock, of 20, Chilham Road, Cheriton, joined the Dover Police Force in January, 1931, and was one of its most, popular members. As a swimmer and water polo player he was an enthusiastic member of the Police and Dover Swimming Clubs, but he was perhaps better known as a boxer, for he on three occasions competed in the Policc Boxing Finals at the Albert Hall.

That he and his wife should die together seemed fated, for not only had he scarcely arrived home from duty, but his wife had only that week returned from Southall, where she had been living with her two young children, Peter, aged six, and Sheila, aged two, and would have been returning the next day. It is not clear if P.C. Maycock had actually entered the house, for he did not leave the Police Station until 10.10, and the crash occurred within ten minutes of that time.

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012, 18:17:23 PM »

The grave of PC Maycock and his wife at Dover (St. James') Cemetery.

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2012, 21:02:58 PM »

Judging by the final inscription on the headstone, it looks to be a family touched by tragedy. It would appear that their five year old son survived the bombing that killed his parents, but that little more than twenty years later he was to lose his life at an age less than that at which his parents lost theirs.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2015, 09:07:25 AM »

The following article appeared in the local Dover press back in August 1940 - reading further on the incident, it was written at the time that the house was demolished when a Blenheim struck a barrage balloon cable and crashed in Chevalier Road.

Reading through the ORB of No.961 Squadron, Balloon Barrage (Dover) there is no mention of such an incident on that day. Plus, as the headstone states that they died through enemy action, I assume it was a German shell that caused the fatalities.. but the Dover Express repeated the 'crash' story in 1949 and stated that the Blenheim crew all perished.

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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2015, 09:54:59 AM »

Lt Peter Maycock FAA 831 Sqn based at Culdrose was flying out of RAF Ballykelly in a Gannet on anti submarine exercise. The aircraft was in fog and it and another either collided or flew into the hillside of Innishowen (not clear) Head County Donegal. All 6 crew were killed. Reported The Times 28 Nov 62
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2015, 11:19:20 AM »

William Charles Maycock and A Mary Alice Maycock

Probate William Of 15 Chevalier Rd, Dover. Died 24.8.1940. Admin to :Louisa Maycock, widow, and Stanley Walter Maycock, police constable. Effects £537
Probate Mary As above. Effects £671

William born 1909 Cheriton.
In 1911 William with parents William Walter & Louisa at 59 Shaftesbury Avenue, Cheriton, Kent. Father a Public Motor Car Driver.

He married Mary Alice Coughland June 1934 Elham district. Believe 2 children

See Obituary courtesy of a public tree Ancestry
Maycock, M. A. and W. C.
Mary Alice Maycock and William Charles Maycock. They died around 10 o'clock on Saturday night, 24 August 1940 at their home 15 Chevalier Road, Elms Vale, after an aircraft crashed onto theirs and a neighbouring house and burst into flames
The aircraft was an RAF Coastal Command Bristol Blenheim, from 53 Squadron. It had taken off an hour earlier from Detling, Kent, to conduct a patrol along the Hook of Holland to the Ostend line. All three of the crew, Stephen Rochford, aged 24, William Briggs, and  Dennis Brook, 21, were also killed
Mr and Mrs Maycock's funeral was held at St James' cemetery, Dover. 22 FX (EX?) A large number of mourners attended and there were many floral tributes
Mary was the daughter of the late Charles Francis Coughlan and Ethel Lilian Rose Coughlan, of Folkestone, while her husband William,  was 31, and son of Louisa Maycock, of 20 Chilham Road, Cheriton, Folkestone, and of the late William C Maycock
PC Maycock had joined the force in 1931, and was a keen athlete. He was a swimmer and water polo player, member of the Police and Dover Swimming Clubs, and was also a boxer, having on three occasions competed in the Police Boxing Finals at the Albert Hall, London
When they died, PC Maycock had just arrived home from duty. It was Mrs Maycock's thirtieth birthday, and she had that week travelled home from Southall Middlesex, in order to spend the day with her husband. One of their cousins recollected the tragedy. "I saw the plane come down and explode ... They said at the time the plane may have hit a barrage balloon cable. They were both killed. I remember going over to see it (the wreckage). There was nothing left, not a brick standing. ... So very sad, they were such a lovely couple"
Mrs. Maycock had been expecting the couple's third child.  Their son, Peter, aged 6, and their daughter, Stella, aged 2, had remained in Southall, where they had been evacuated with their mother
In 1960, Stella qualified as a SRN at Charing Cross Hospital. She is married to Keith, and they had three sons, Andrew, Mark, and Clive, near to whom they live. Her brother Peter joined the Royal Navy, and was serving as a Lieutenant when he was sadly killed on 27 November 1962, with five others, in a flying accident at Greencastle, Northern Ireland. He was 27. He is buried at Helston, Cornwall, in the RNMAS Culdrose RC Section
  The bench is on the sea front at DoverThe plaque reads: This seat was presented by former members of the Dover Police Force in memory of PC W Maycock and PC R Thain, killed in World War II
The Maycocks' grave is at St James' cemetery. The headstone reads: "In loving memory of William Charles Maycock, late Dover police, aged 31 years, also of Mary Alice, wife of the above, killed by enemy action on 24 August 1940, and of their son Lieut Peter Maycock RN, killed on active service 27 November 1962, aged 27 years."
Stanley Maycock, William Maycock's brother, continued the family's sporting  traditions. He was a President of the Channel Swimming Association, and, like William, swam in cross-Channel relay teams. He also joined the police force, and was a keen boxer. He died in 1986, his beloved wife Grace in 2003
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2015, 14:20:49 PM »

Others have beaten me with the basic details!
Tuesday, am 27 November 1962
 2 Fairey Gannets, ECM Mk 6 XA414, and AS6 XG798 of 831 Squadron FAA.
Air collision off Eire and crashed into hillside 1.5 miles north of Greencastle, Northern Ireland during formation exercises.
 BLANCHETT, Christopher J, Lieutenant
 GRIFFITH, John H, Lieutenant (P)
 HALLEY, George C, Lieutenant
 MARTIN, Peter L, Lieutenant
MAYCOCK, Peter, Lieutenant
 TULLEY, Bryan R, Lieutenant

Sad news for this family...
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2015, 15:00:54 PM »

It's interesting that Peter Maycock's name was added to his parents' gravestone although it appears that his body was interred in Cornwall. Is this an unusual occurrence?
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2015, 15:39:20 PM »

They died around 10 o'clock on Saturday night, 24 August 1940 at their home 15 Chevalier Road, Elms Vale, after an aircraft crashed onto theirs and a neighbouring house and burst into flames
The aircraft was an RAF Coastal Command Bristol Blenheim, from 53 Squadron. It had taken off an hour earlier from Detling, Kent, to conduct a patrol along the Hook of Holland to the Ostend line. All three of the crew, Stephen Rochford, aged 24, William Briggs, and  Dennis Brook, 21, were also killed

Thanks alkhamhills, a quick peek at the ORB for the Squadron shows that the crash was listed as 'cause unknown.'  Odd that the family chose 'enemy action' for the headstone though.


It's interesting that Peter Maycock's name was added to his parents' gravestone although it appears that his body was interred in Cornwall. Is this an unusual occurrence?

I've seen quite a few headstones where a family member has been added when they are buried elsewhere - the majority usually stress the fact that the named person is somewhere else, but some don't.
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 10:21:59 AM »

Dover Express - Friday 07 March 1947

In clearing the site of the property in Chevalier Road, destroyed when a Blenheim bomber crashed there in flames in August, 1940, workmen this week came across human remains. The Air Ministry is being consulted.
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