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Significant Memorials, Headstones and Plots

Over the last 150 years Folkestone and district has been a very fashionable place to visit attracting many well connected and interesting people - as well as being the place where many senior military figures retired. As we discover significant memorials or plots we will add them to these pages.

William Salkeld

Murder on the Leas!! In loving memory of William Salkeld, Who met his death so tragically on the Leas, Folkestone. April 8th 1904, aged 35 years. We cannot, Lord, thy purpose see, But all is well that's down to thee. Urn inscription: John & family from Australia 1933 Northampton Mercury 8th April 1904 A young man named William Salkeld was shot in the back on Thursday while walking on the Leas Promenade at Folkestone. His condition is serious. The assailant, Augustus Menn, was arrested. Sheffield Daily Telegraph 16th April 1904 The Folkestone Sensation Alien Assailant Committed for Murder. At Folkestone yesterday, Auguste Menn, a German subject, was committed for trial charged with the wilful murder of William Salkeld, a valet. On the 7th instant Salkeld was walking along the Leas, with a fellow inmate of the Convalescent Home, when, according to evidence, prisoner shot him in the back, death taking place on the following day. Menn, who had nothing to say, desired to call no witnesses. The prosecution was undertaken by the Treasury. Derby Daily Telegraph 5th July 1904 The Folkestone Shooting Case Accused Declared Insane At Kent Assizes today Augustus Menn (50), German, was charged with the murder of William Salkeld, at Folkestone, on April 7th, The deceased, who was staying at the Convalescent Home, was walking along the sea front when the prisoner shot him in the back with a revolver, death taking place on the following day. Both men were strangers. Medical evidence was given that Menn was insane, and he was ordered to be detained during His Majesty's pleasure. Thank you FOFC member Rachel Johnson for researching this and finding this interesting story.
SIGNIFICANT MEMORIALS
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Significant Memorials,

Headstones

and Plots

Over the last 150 years Folkestone and district has been a very fashionable place to visit attracting many well connected and interesting people - as well as being the place where many senior military figures retired. As we discover significant memorials or plots we will add them to these pages.

William Salkeld

Murder on the Leas!! In loving memory of William Salkeld, Who met his death so tragically on the Leas, Folkestone. April 8th 1904, aged 35 years. We cannot, Lord, thy purpose see, But all is well that's down to thee. Urn inscription: John & family from Australia 1933 Northampton Mercury 8th April 1904 A young man named William Salkeld was shot in the back on Thursday while walking on the Leas Promenade at Folkestone. His condition is serious. The assailant, Augustus Menn, was arrested. Sheffield Daily Telegraph 16th April 1904 The Folkestone Sensation Alien Assailant Committed for Murder. At Folkestone yesterday, Auguste Menn, a German subject, was committed for trial charged with the wilful murder of William Salkeld, a valet. On the 7th instant Salkeld was walking along the Leas, with a fellow inmate of the Convalescent Home, when, according to evidence, prisoner shot him in the back, death taking place on the following day. Menn, who had nothing to say, desired to call no witnesses. The prosecution was undertaken by the Treasury. Derby Daily Telegraph 5th July 1904 The Folkestone Shooting Case Accused Declared Insane At Kent Assizes today Augustus Menn (50), German, was charged with the murder of William Salkeld, at Folkestone, on April 7th, The deceased, who was staying at the Convalescent Home, was walking along the sea front when the prisoner shot him in the back with a revolver, death taking place on the following day. Both men were strangers. Medical evidence was given that Menn was insane, and he was ordered to be detained during His Majesty's pleasure. Thank you FOFC member Rachel Johnson for researching this and finding this interesting story.
SIGNIFICANT MEMORIALS