June 27th

On 27th June 1658, William Thorpe, clerk to the parish of Ellerker (which may have meant minister) was buried in Ellerker. In his will he gave 10s to be paid yearly for the relief of the poor ‘for ever’.

On 27th June 1908, Princes Avenue Wesleyan Sunday School held its Annual Treat at the Old Polo Ground,  Westbourne Avenue, Hull. Games were played before tea, with races and balloons after, and prizes given.

On 27th June 1927, Thomas Jacques Somerscales, RA, died aged 85 in Princes Avenue, Hull. A respected marine artist who began his professional career in Valparaiso, Chile, and later returned as an unknown to his native country, where his work can be seen in the Tate Gallery. (b Hull 29.10.1842)

On 27th June 2010, Barbara Buttrick was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, aged 80. Born in Cottingham in 1930, she began boxing in 1945, married her manager and moved to Florida in 1952. At 4’ 11”, she was known as the Mighty Atom.  She retired from boxing with a record of 30:1:1.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTvwtinq5qg thomas-somerscales-port-of-iquique-chile-1903-thomas-somerscales

May 20th

On 20th May 1604, Jack Wright of Welwick, Thomas Percy, second cousin of the Duke of Northumberland, Robin Catesby, Tom Wintour and Guido (Guy) Fawkes met at the Duck and Drake Inn, Strand, London, and began the Gunpowder Plot, which eventually included 13 conspirators, including Jack’s younger brother Kit.

On 20th May 1816, Constable Thomas Pashby was fined 40s at the Tiger Inn, Beverley, for neglect of his duty as village constable in Ellerker, apparently for failing to bring defendants to court.

On 20th May 1910, Dora Whitehand, aged 2, drowned on a sofa when the house in Providence Place, Driffield, was flooded. A cloudburst in Cowlam sent a torrent of water down the valley, flooding hundreds of houses to a depth of 6 feet. 2” rain fell in Driffield in an hour. Bridges were damaged, and the furnaces at the gasworks were extinguished. Weaverthorpe was submerged in mud; Helperthorpe and Elmswell were also affected.

On 20th May 1917, Francis Acaster, carpenter, aged 65 of Francis Terrace, Hull, was killed by enemy action whilst a merchant seaman, returning to Hull from Bombay on board SS Tycho of Hull, off Beachy Head.

On 20th May 1941, Dr R.H. Moyes. Voluntary Medical Officer to Civil Defence was awarded the British Empire Medal for gallantry during an air raid.

SS Tycho