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William Alfred Mitchinson

William Alfred Mitchinson

Male 1915 - 1940  (25 years)

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  • Name William Alfred Mitchinson 
    Born 1915  Aston, Warwickshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Oct 1936  Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Police Constable 
    Died 23 Nov 1940  Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Civilian War Casualty 
    • William Alfred Mitchinson, from Shirley, was just 25 when he was mortally wounded in a bombing raid in the early hours of Saturday November 23, 1940.

      Constable E123 came from a police family, with both his father and brother being among the ranks and joined Birmingham City Police in October 1936.

      The married officer was on duty in Small Heath, when the ten-hour bombing raid started shortly after 7pm the night before.

      A report to the Chief Constable stated: "I have to report that at 12.12am Saturday 23 November 1940, PC E123 William Mitchinson was on duty in Coventry Road, Small Heath - at air raid incidents, when he was struck by a portion of a high explosive bomb. His right foot was blown off and serious injury to his leg was also sustained.

      "First Aid was rendered by PC E212 John Ross and Pc Mitchinson was taken by ambulance services to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

      "Pc Mitchinson died in the above hospital at 12.15pm the same date."

      He was buried four days later at Elmdon Parish Church, the same church where he had married his sweetheart Kitty Harrison little more than a year earlier.

      His headstone bears the epitaph 'Duty Nobly Done'.
    From the Archives: Police heroes gave their lives in the Blitz
    From the Archives: Police heroes gave their lives in the Blitz
    Buried 27 Nov 1940  Elmdon, Warwickshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I18188  Lasbury Family
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2020 

    Father Cecil James Mitchinson
              b. 1884, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Mar 1965, Solihull, Warwickshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Lilian Maud Biggs 
    Family ID F2476  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Kitty Harrison 
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F6419  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1915 - Aston, Warwickshire, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Police Constable - Oct 1936 - Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Civilian War Casualty - 23 Nov 1940 - Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 Nov 1940 - Elmdon, Warwickshire, England, UK Link to Google Earth
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    Police Constable William Alfred Mitchinson
    Police Constable William Alfred Mitchinson

  • Sources 
    1. [S196] Birmingham Mail, ((http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/from-the-archives-police-heroes-gave-their-lives-164128)), ). (Reliability: 3).