19/07/2010

Tilbury man shot Norwegian thinking he was German parachutist

Posted in Local History at 8:28 pm by henrysgauntlet

This being the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a splendid website has been started called “1940 Chronicle”,     which highlights each day matters that occurred on that date during that summer of 1940.

Today a splendid piece caught Henry’s eye, when he saw the word Tilbury:-

“Stanley V. Humphrys, 30, of Tilbury, Essex, who shot and wounded a drunken Norwegian seaman who he suspected of being a German parachutist, was sentenced at Gray’s (sic) Police Court to one day’s imprisonment, which meant immediate release.”

Good old Tilbury  –  there was a man rushing to do his duty and arrest a German, but unfortunately he must have mistaken Norwegian drunken ramblings for German ones.   Perhaps a case of don’t shoot first and ask questions afterwards.

Here is the link to the full story, and it is worth bookmarking the website.