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Rushden Echo, 24th September 1909, transcribed by Peter Brown
William Dilley
Raunds Man’s Death from Lockjaw

Cycle Accident at Keysoe
Did The Accident Cause Death?

At Northampton Hospital on Saturday morning and inquest was held touching the death of William Dilley aged 26, of Coleman Street, Raunds, who died from lockjaw as reported in last week’s “Rushden Echo”.

Chas Hensman, of Huntingdon, deceased’s father-in-law, said Dilley met with a cycle accident on May 14th at Keysoe, being pitched off his cycle. Dr Mackenzie was called in the next morning. Dilley made no statement as to the cause of the fall.

Dr Mackenzie, of Raunds, said he saw deceased on May 15. He had a very badly broken nose, the flesh also being lacerated. Witness attended to him through the whole of his illness until he had recovered. Deceased had also wounds on his hands and legs, but appeared to get quite well. About six weeks ago the deceased went to witness, who found a small piece of diseased bone in his nose. Last Monday Dilley complained of a stiffness of the muscles of his neck, which next day developed into tetanus. Witness ordered his removal to hospital. He was of the opinion that the tetanus was the result of the wounds not having been quickly washed after the accident. He would not like to say that the accident was the cause of lockjaw.

Dr Lloyd Evans, physician at the Hospital, thought the accident was not the cause of the tetanus as the period of incubation was from 14 to 21 days.

The Coroner said he remembered cases where tetanus had developed a month or longer after an accident.

A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.

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