|Wellingborough News, 17th June 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins
BOZEAT-SUDDEN DEATHAn inquest touching the death of James Drage, a labourer employed at the tunnel works, was held on Monday, at the Red Lion Inn, before the county coroner, Mr. W. Terry,William Wilson said the deceased was employed by Mr. Young, at the tunnel, No. 4 Pit, near Souldrop. A fortnight last Wednesday witness and deceased were working together filling skips behind the "gate," which is a number of planks placed to prevent the lump from falling on to them as they are working. As the deceased had his shovel under the "gate" it (the shovel) flew up, and struck him on the forehead. It caught him rather sharp, but he did not say much about it at the time. He went on working, and when he left work he seemed the same as usual. That was the last day he came to work. The "gate" tipped up through a large lump of earth falling upon it. The deceased's forehead did not bleed; there was only a slight bump, and he did not complain of it.Sarah Ann Drage, wife of the deceased, said he came home about eight o'clock on the day in question. He would not have any supper, but said he would go to bed. She noticed a slight wound on his forehead, and asked him what he had done. He said that a bit of wood had hit him. He went to bed, and never got up again. In the night he became insensible, and he never became conscious again. He continued insensible, and on the Friday she sent for Dr. Thurnham, of Yardley Hastings. The deceased died about eight o'clock that day. He had every attention paid him.Mr. F. Wyatt Thurnham, surgeon, Yardley Hastings, said he found the deceased light-headed, and in a state of prostration. Witness thought he was suffering from a low type of inflammation of the lungs and other organs. Nothing was said to him about any accident until the second or third time he attended the deceased. He then saw a very slight scratch on the forehead. He had attended the deceased ever since. The symptoms steadily increased, and were in accordance with the view he had first taken. He had since made a post mortem examination. He found all the internal organs in a state of intense congestion. There was nothing about the head, brain, or skull to connect the accident to the forehead with the cause of death. He should say the deceased was sickening from this state of disease at the time the blow was received.A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.