Florence Gertrude JONES

Florence Gertrude JONES

Female Abt 1896 - 1927  (~ 31 years)

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  • Name Florence Gertrude JONES 
    Born Abt 1896 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1927  St Ives, Hunts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Newspaper Report 5 Jul 1927  St Ives, Hunts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The Times Newspaper 
    • THREE PEOPLE SHOT AT ST IVES
      Man, wife and son dead
      A man, his wife and a son were found shot dead at St Ives, Hunts, yesterday morning. Hearing a shot fired, neighbours entered the premises of Mr Frederick Harrison, a butcher, and found Mrs Harrison lying dead on the floor of the kitchen and Mr Harrison and his son Geoffrey lying dead in the yard. A sporting gun found near the father contained two empty cartridges, and two other discharged cartridges were found by the police.
      The son, Geoffrey, appears to have been shot as he was about to leave the premises to go to his work at a local garage. The shot had penetrated a large wooden door.
      Frederick Harrison, the husband, age 46, was the son of a former Mayor of St Ives. He saw service in the artillery in Mesopotamia, Italy, and Salonika, and had been a great sufferer from malaria since his return. His aged parents are still alive. His second wife, Florence Gertrude, the dead woman, was 28, and Geoffrey Harrison, her stepson, 17. A younger son, the only surviving, went on an errand a few minutes before the shooting. At that time, according to the boy, things seemed normal in the household. Coming back he discovered what had happened and fled to a relative in the town.
      The Coroner has not yet fixed the time of the inquest.
    Newspaper Report 8 Jul 1927  St Ives, Hunts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The Aberdeen Journal & others 
    • Aberdeen Journal, 5 July 1927
      THREE SHOT DEAD. Tragic Fate of Father, Mother, and Son. Hearing reports as of a motor misfiring, neighbours entered the premises of Mr F. Harrison (46), butcher, St Ives, Hunts, yesterday, and found Mrs Harrison lying dead on the floor of the kitchen. Mr Harrison and his son, Geoffrey (18), lay dead in the yard. A sporting gun found near the father contained two empty cartridges, and two other discharged cartridges were found by the police. Mr Harrison served abroad during the war. Harrison's second son, Bobby (14), was away on an errand, and the tragedy was discovered on his return. Frederick Harrison, the husband, was the son of a former Mayor of St Ives. His aged parents are still alive.
      Western Gazette, 8 July 1927
      WAR WORRIES REVEALED AT INQUEST. That Frederick Harrison, 46, butcher, St. Ives Hunts shot his wife and elder son and committed suicide while insane was the verdict at the inquest on the three persons on Tuesday. Bobbie, aged 11, the only survivor of the family, said he saw Geoffrey lying by the side of his cycle, wounded the head. "I shouted for help," said Bobbie, "and came towards the house calling 'mum.' I saw her lying the ground." Dr. Henry Harrison said his brother contracted malaria in the war. He was not allowed to return to civilian life for a year after the war, and preyed his mind. He felt his business was slipping away
      Exmouth & Plymouth Gazette, 6 July 1927
      ST. IVES TRAGEDY. MURDER AND SUICIDE. A verdict that Harrison committed suicide while temporarily insane, and murdered his wife and son was recorded at an inquest held at St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, yesterday, Frederick Harrison, 46, a local butcher, Florence Beatrice, 39, his second wife, and Geoffrey, 17, his elder son, who were found shot dead at their home at St. Ives Monday. Dr. Henry Harrison, with whom sat Bobbie, aged 11, the youngest son, and only survivor of the family, said his brother Frederick served during the war in Italy, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Salonica. Before the war he had good health, but contracted malaria, and when returned he felt his business was slipping away from him. He was not allowed to return civilian life for year after the war, and that preyed on his mind. Mrs. Ada Cooper, whose house overlooks Harrison's shop, said she heard two shots, and Harrison said I have shot a rat and laid it on the roof." Then there were two more shots. The Coroner called Bobbie Harrison to his side, and in a low voice read the statement made by the boy. Bobbie said his father sent him for some milk. When he returned, he saw Geoffrey lying by the side of his cycle, with part of his head missing. "I shouted for help." said Bobbie, "and came towards the house calling ?Mum.? I saw her lying on the ground." Stating that he thought details should kept as brief as possible, the Coroner said tragedies had often occurred through people brooding over other tragedies which had taken place previously.
      Nottingham Evening Post, 4 July 1927
      WIPED OUT. EX-SERVICEMAN TRIPLE SHOOTING TRAGEDY. triple tragedy occurred at St. Ives, Hunts., to-day. A report of a motor-cycle backfiring was heard on the premises of Mr. Fred Harrison, a butcher, and on the neighbours entering found Mrs. Harrison lying dead the floor of the kitchen, and Mr. Harrison and his son Geoffrey, aged about 18, lay dead in the yard. A sporting gun found near the father contained two empty cartridges, and two other discharged cartridges were found the police. Mr. Harrison served abroad during the war. Harrison's second son, Bobbie, aged 14, was away from home at the time. He had been sent on an errand, and the tragedy was discovered on his return. Frederick Harrison, the husband, 46 years age, was the son of a former mayor St. Ives. His aged parents are still alive. His second wife, Florence Gertrude, the deceased woman, 28. Harrison was popular man at St. Ives. He took over the business from his father on being demobilised after serving overseas. His family are described being "the essence of respectability.'' One of his brothers is a doctor and another a solicitor. Neighbours are at a loss explain the tragedy. The circumstances point to the husband firing the gun. Geoffrey's body was found near his motor cycle. The youth was in the habit of motor cycling to business about eight o'clock every morning, and as it was at about that time that shots were heard, no undue comment was excited because Geoffrey's machine usually produced noises not unlike exploding cartridges.
    Person ID I8116  Freeman-Culpin
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2015 

    Family Frederick HARRISON,   b. 1880, St Ives, Hunts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jul 1927, St Ives, Hunts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 1926  Bedwelty, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F2488  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S173] GRO Indexes, (www.ancestry.co.uk), SQ1927, St Ives, 3b 233, age 31.

    2. [S290] British Newspaper Archive, (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

    3. [S173] GRO Indexes, (www.ancestry.co.uk), SQ1926, Bedwelty, 11a 146.