Western Mail Friday June 25 1926.
The death of Police-constable Godfrey Henry JONES, Swansea Borough Police, in a motor
smash on the Mumbles-road shortly after mid-night last Saturday, was inquired into by the
coroner, Mr. J.C. MORRIS, on Thursday. Mr. Vaughan EDWARDS represented Mr. Gus BEER, the
owner of the motor-car, and Mr. Rupert LEWIS was for the police and the victim's
Mr. Rees JONES, of King Edward-road, said his son had been riding motor-cycles since he
was in the Army in 1914.
Police-constable David SAUNDERS told how JONES volunteered to take him down to the
Mumbles, where he was staying after finishing his duty on Saturday night.
Witness accepted the offer.
Police-constable Daniel THOMAS said he saw the motor-cycle pass St. Helen's at eight
minutes past twelve. He then heard "a horrid shriek" and the sound of glass.
Outside the hospital he saw a man lying in a side-car, and flashing his lamp, found it was
Police-constable JONES, who died a few minutes later.
Maurice SYMONDS, of Picton-place, Swansea, said he accepted the offer of a lift from
Police-constable JONES on the Mumbles-road. Near the baths they saw a stationary
combiation, and Police-constable JONES drew out to the right to get around it. Witness
then noticed a car coming towards them. They crashed, and witness was thrown out. His
impression was that Police-constable JONES was travelling a little to fast for a corner.
W. COURT, of Clyne Valley, the owner of the stationary combination, described the affair
as "a pure accident" and said in his opinion the constable made too big a swerve
in passing the stationary vehicle.
Two witnesses, including a policeman said BEER, who drove the motor-car, was sober.
Another witness said he smelt of drink and spoke "in a guttural manner."
James HOWARD, of Clifton-hill, Swansea, said that before twelve o'clock on the
Saturday night he saw a motor-car being driven along Carmarthen-road, Swansea, at between
30 to 35 miles an hour in a zig-zag manner. Later he identified the car on the
Mumbles-road as BEER'S
Augustus BEER, of West Cross-lane, Swansea, builder, said his steering-gear went wrong
before the crash and not as a result of it. He denied emphatically that his car was
zig-zagging along Carmarthen-road or that he was under the influence of drink.
The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," and added a rider that the
spot where the occurred there should be a road line for the guidence of traffic.
There was a large attendance at the funeral, which took place at Bethel, Sketty, on
Thursday afternoon. The cortege was headed by the police band and included the
Chief-constable (Mr. R.D. ROBERTS) and many members of the force and of the fire brigade.
The coffin was covered bwith the Union Jack. The officiating minister was the Rev.D.
THOMAS, Hill Chapel.
Kenneth David HILL, of St. Nicholas, was fined £5 and costs by the Cardiff Stipendiary on
Thursday for driving a motor-cycle recklessly on the Cowbridge-road on Wednesday, May 26.
Mr. R. BOOTH appeared in support of the summons. Mr. D.E.S. BROWNE defended.
William M. KING, labourer, of Plantagenet-street, said he was riding a bicycle, and,
without warning, defendant, who was travelling at a fast pace, ran into him, knocking him
off his machine, and cutting one of his legs.
Defendant denied riding at more than twenty miles an hour.
Arthur Temple STROUD 23, of Ebbw Vale, was summoned at the court there on Thursday for
breaking and entering a garage belonging to John ELSOM, at Beaufort and stealing a
motor-cycle, value £45, the property of ELSOM.
Thomas JONES said he was passing the garage one night when he heard somone rattling the
door. He sent for the police, and just as Police-constable BASSON arrived STROUD came out
with the motor-cycle.
Police-constable stated that he made a grab for the cycle, but it was dropped and the door
was closed in his face. Inside he found STROUD crouching in the body of a van, and
STROUD, who said he had been drinking all day, was fined £5, or a month, previous
convictions being proved.