Edward Osborne Kaines

Lieutenant Edward Osborne Kaines died on 29th June 1941 when the car he was in collided with another vehicle on the main Belfast to Bangor Road in Co. Down.


Edward Osborne Kaines

A terrible road traffic collision occurred on the morning of 29th June 1941 involving 3 cars carrying civilians and members of the Royal Navy on the main Belfast to Bangor road.

Lieutenant Edward Osborne Kaines served in the Royal Naval Reserve during the Second World War. He was the son of Arthur Edward Kaines and Mary Hannah Bertha Kaines (née Cowan) of Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Edward was the husband of Freda Kaines (née Wilkinson) of Salisbury Place, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham. He received his education at Crossley and Porter School, Halifax, West Yorkshire and during the Second World War, he served on HMS Fowey.

Edward died in a road collision at Ballyrobert, Helen’s Bay, Co. Down on 29th June 1941 aged 38 years old. He was 1 of 6 passengers in a car driven from Bangor to Belfast by Dr. Audrey Lavelle. Also in this vehicle was the Dr’s brother Royal Navy Surgeon-Lieutenant Ronald Lavelle. At around mid-day, the car collided head-on with the taxi of Frank Wallace. The impact threw Kaines from the vehicle.

With the two cars locked together in the middle of the road, a 3rd car, driven by solicitor Henry J Catchpole of 391 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast ran into the back of Lavelle’s car causing further damage and injuries.

The injured parties

Last NameFirst Name(s)AddressRoleInjuriesTreatment
LawlorElsie6 Chichester Avenue, Belfast, Co. AntrimCivilianHead injuries and a fractured right leg.Bangor Hospital
JacobJohnBelgravia, Belfast, Co. AntrimRoyal Navy LieutenantHead and facial injuries and shock.Bangor Hospital
JacobDoreenBelgravia, Belfast, Co. AntrimWife of John JacobHead and facial injuries and shock.Bangor Hospital
CrileyKathleenDorsey, Newry, Co. DownCivilianHead injuries and shock.Bangor Hospital
LavelleRonald15 Chichester Avenue, Belfast, Co. AntrimRoyal Navy Surgeon-LieutenantNewtownards Hospital
LavelleAudrey15 Chichester Avenue, Belfast, Co. AntrimSister of Ronald LavelleNewtownards Hospital
WallaceFrank3 Stewart's Place, Holywood, Co. DownTaxi DriverStitches to injury.Newtownards Hospital

Dr. HF Northey of Helen’s Bay, Co. Down, and Lieutenant Colonel Laird and Major Sutherland of the Royal Army Medical Corps tended the injured. Constable P Sheridan and Constable C Clarke then transported them to 2 local hospitals. Lieutenant Kaines succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Edward Osborne Kaines’ grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section D, Grave 6 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast. His headstone bears the inscription:

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life.

Lieutenant Kaines’ funeral took place from Grosvenor Hall, Belfast. Reverend A Collins conducted the service with full naval honours. His father and wife attended along with several officers from HMS Caroline. In December 1942, Freda Kaines received a settlement of £1,752 from the Lavelle and Catchpole families. A hearing had taken place in front of Lord Chief Justice in the Ulster King’s Bench Division.