50 years ago@ April 22, 1960 HUSBAND, 21, IN DEATH CRASH

A PASSENGER in the sidecar, a young wife who is expecting her first baby in September, watched horror-struck as her husband, Alan Kallmeier, aged 21, of Elbe Street, was fatally injured when his motorcycle came into collision with a lorry in Bagley's Lane, near the junction with Sandilands Road.

Mr Kallmeier was taken to St Stephen's Hospital and transferred to Atkinson Morley's Hospital, Wimbledon, where he died the same day.

His wife, 21-year-old Mrs Catherine (Chines) Kallmeier, received injuries to her hand and legs, for which she was treated at St Stephen's Hospital.

An engineer, Mr Kallmeier finished his demobilisation leave, after serving with REME in Germany for three years, only a few days before his death.

He had just completed his first week at work at the Shell-Mex Repair Centre, Bagley's Lane.

The accident happened soon after his wife had met him from work.

With his first week's pay packet in his pocket, they were on their way to Fulham post office to pay the road fund tax on the motorcycle so that Mr Kallmeier could take his parents out during Easter.

Born in the house next door, where his parents Mr and Mrs Harry Kallmeier, who have a shoe-repairing business, still live, Alan and Catherine were married at Fulham Register Office in December 1957.

Always fond of children, they decided to start a family when they obtained the flat in the house next door to his parents, during his last leave at Christmas.

The couple were both keen motorcyclists.

An accounts clerk until she gave up work a month ago, Mrs Kallmeier celebrated her 21st birthday three days before her husband's death.

He had intended to buy her a dog for a present out of his first pay packet and they had planned to choose it together.


DOCTORS at Charing Cross Hospital are experimenting with a deadly poison in a new bid to beat cancer.

They believe that the lethal substance ricin could be harnessed to wipe out cancer cells without poisoning the patient.

Ricin made the headlines seven years ago when it was used to murder dissident Bulgarian broadcaster Georgio Markov.

Markov, who worked for the BBC World Service, died after being jabbed in the leg with an umbrella tipped with the toxin, while waiting for a bus in the Aldwych, in September 1978.

Tests with ricin, which is extracted from the castor bean, have been carried out on bone marrow at St Bartholomew's Hospital in the City.

And in America is has been administered to patients, though results are not yet conclusive.

The decision to use ricin at Charing Cross was announced last week by Dr Richard Begent, who heads a cancer research team at the hospital.

"If you can get a molecule of ricin inside a cancer cell, it will destroy it," he said.

"It may be more precise than radioactivity."

De Begent was launching a Cancer Research campaign to raise £160,000.

The cash is needed for a gamma camera - a device which enables doctors to precisely locate secondary cancer tumours in the body.

Dr Edward Newlands, who works alongside Dr Begent, told the Chronicle: "We have become professional beggars because the Health Service doesn't keep pace with new technology."

He praised local people and organisations for their generous help in raising funds for cancer research at the hospital.

Dr Newlands hopes the machine will be installed within the next two months.