Archives: Narrow escape for injured sailor

Nostalgia - from The Standard's archives
Nostalgia - from The Standard's archives

75 years ago... 1940: A Boston sailor had a narrow escape from death when a 2,000lb German bomb exploded within five yards of a hospital ship he was on.

Eighteen-year-old Harold Wingate spoke to The Standard about his experience as an officers’ cook aboard HMS Destroyer ‘Diana’.

It was during his first few days on the ship that Harold, better known as ‘John’, was injured. While the destroyer was manoevering, he was hurled head-first down a hatch, resulting in him receiving stomach injuries. One bomb, later found to be a 2000lb missile, was heard whistling down from the skies and hit five yards from the ship. The water helped to deafen the explosion - sending a large amount of shrapnel flying through the air. “That was enough for me, and near enough as well,” said Harold, adding “From Friday onwards, I shall be playing a game of hide-and-seek.”

A Boston captain escaped with his life following a car crash in Donington. RAF Capt A. E. Lindon, licensee of the Red Lion Hotel, Boston, had what was described as a ‘remarkable escape from death’ when the driver of the car he was passenger in swerved to avoid a cyclist and somersaulted into a dry dyke, landing on his roof. Capt Lindon escaped with just a few bruises and the driver was completely unhurt.

55 years ago... 1960:

There was laughter at a housing committee meeting when it was asked to grant permission for a python to live at Parthian Avenue, Wyberton.

The request, from a local couple, caused some of the committee at Boston Borough Council to roll about laughing.

The couple had asked if they could keep their one-year-old 6ft python. Deputy chief executive Michael Lewis said: “They say it won’t bite or crush. It’s been inspected. It’s 6ft long and will grow to 10ft.” An inspector who visited the creature said it was kept securely in a tank and was unlikely to cause a danger or nuisance to anyone. The permission was granted. However, deputy director of planning Graham Buttler joked: “We might suggest the next door neighbour gets a mongoose.”

A holiday with a difference beckoned for a Boston woman who told The Standard she was shunning traditional sunny resorts for a trip to the Arctic Circle. Pat Pomeroy, of Linden Way, was heading for the Lofoten Islands - just off the coast of Norway with her husband Derek - a biology master in Caterbury. Her trip was part of a two-week expedition with the school.