Here’s an enquiry I’m pushing out for reader Keith Evans for people with long memories, and this one has piqued my interest too, as I’ve never heard the incident mentioned before – although there was another accident by the transport cafe that became the Mango Tree/Voujon restaurant in 1958.
Keith Evans mailed me to ask:
I’m doing some research for a friend and it’s to do with an accident 50 years ago in your area. As you seem to be the local historical expert I thought I’d throw this at you and ask if you would very kindly give us the benefit of your local knowledge.
Here is a copy of what he sent me:-
Can anyone help with some names of 23 Parachute Field Ambulance (23 PFA) lads who were killed in, I think, 1964? When I joined 23 PFA in 65 the incident was still fresh in everyone’s mind and their names cropped up frequently. I never knew these guys but, coincidentally, the accident happened about a mile from where I worked at the time. Here are the details I remember:
It was at a transport cafe on the A5 near Stonnall in Staffordshire. The lads had been on exercise and had stopped for a break. They were killed in the car park by a reversing lorry. I think three were killed. That’s all I know. Can anyone add to this?
Looking forward to your response,
There was an accident at the spot on the Chester Road by the restaurant that sadly took the like of local singer and TV Personality Nellie Caine, whose car collided with a lorry there on January 16th, 1958. Accidental death was recorded. Nellie was quite a character, and well loved at the time.
The use of ‘A5’ has me wondering if this was at Stonnall at all, but possibly at what later became The Terrace or even Rosa’s, near the old Post Office at Hints, both on the A5.
So, what do we know? Comment here, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.