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Rushden Echo, 14th April 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins
William Cuthbert
Found Dead in a Water Butt – Aged Man’s Sad End

As a man named Lawrence was going to work on Monday morning at Messrs. R. Coggins and Sons’ factory he was startled to find the head of a man protruding from one of the water butts on the premises. On investigation it was found to be the body of a man named William Cuthbert, aged 69, who occupied one of the houses near by, and an employee at the factory.

It appears that he had a cup of tea at the house of his daughter, who lives on the same side as the factory, and stated there that he felt miserable. She asked him to stop a little time and not go to work. He replied that he would go to work, and was found dead soon after.

Mr. J. C. Parker (deputy coroner) held an inquest on Tuesday.

James Cuthbert, shoehand, Marshalls-road, said that his father had been poorly lately, and had worried over a son who was killed in France in November 1914. Deceased had never threatened to commit suicide, and witness knew of no reason why he should do so. Two of deceased’s brothers had committed suicide.

After evidence by Samuel Saddington, Arthur Smith, and P.S. Ellingham, the jury brought in a verdict of “Suicide whilst temporarily insane.”

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