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George Brown

Wellingborough News, 2nd September 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

Another Fatal Accident at The Railway Widening

Mr. J. T. Parker, divisional coroner, held an inquest on Thursday evening, at the Dog and Duck Inn, Wellingborough, upon the body of George Brown (37), navvy, who met with his death through a fall of earth at the railway widening, near Irchester, on Tuesday afternoon.

Joseph Hayes, foreman in the employ of Mr. Oliver, the contractor, identified the body, and stated that the deceased had lodged at his house, having recently been employed at Mr. Oliver's works. On Tuesday afternoon deceased was working with three others on a bank in Irchester parish. He had assisted in throwing earth down from the top of the face of the bank to a bench below, and he had gone down to fill a wagon. While he was below witness saw a piece of clay fall from the top of the face, and rolling over the first bench it struck the deceased on the head. He fell on the tramway metal, and witness afterwards picked him up, and found him severely injured. The deceased was afterwards taken to witness's house, and although medical aid was at once called in he succumbed to the injuries which he had received. Deceased had seen how the face was worked, and had made no complaint.

George Cooper, also a navvy in the employ of Mr. Oliver, gave confirmatory evidence.

Dr. Thomas deposed to examining the deceased. He found a lacerated wound on the left of his forehead, another on his cheek, and another on the hip. The wounds were full of clay. He also had contusions on the back and chest. He bled at the nose, which indicated injury to the base of the skull. Witness did all that was possible, but deceased died on Thursday morning from extravasation of blood at the base of the skull.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

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