David Jones’s Memories of Good Friday 1957


Last summer, Alicia Taylor got in touch. She’d been talking to her grandad about his childhood and he revealed an extraordinary story of stumbling across a body whilst birds-nesting with teenage pals. A quick internet-search led her to me and the Fred Jeffs project. Just as with Alan Warr’s story, the impact of that day’s experience have left David Jones with very vivid memories, and a wish to reconcile himself to unanswered questions arising from that day.

David is the last surviving member of that group of boys, which included John Gough, Alan Jeffrey and Cyril Blakemore, who – seemingly less affected by their dreadfulness of their discovery – and, at the slightly older age of 15, was interviewed and photographed at Wasson by reporters from the Smethwick Telephone.

Cyril on Smethwick Telephone 1



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