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Rushden Echo, August 17th 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins
Mr. G. C. Lucy
Wollaston Man’s Sad Death
Thrown from a Motor-Cycle – The Cause Uncertain

It is with sorrow that we have to record the death of Mr. G. C. Lucy, rate collector, of Wollaston, who passed away in the Northampton General Hospital on Saturday. Mr. Lucy was thrown from his motor-cycle on August Bank Holiday and received severe injuries to his head. He was taken unconscious to the Northampton General Hospital, and remained unconscious until his death.

The Borough Coroner (Mr. A. J. Darnell) held an inquest at the Northampton General Hospital on Wednesday.

William Thomas Lucy, shoe operative, Wollaston, said the deceased was his brother. He was 53 years old, and was a rate collector and Labour Exchange manager. He was a married man with a family. Witness knew nothing of the accident. His brother was unconscious when he first saw him afterwards, but recognised him later.

Miss Edith Cox, Wollaston, said that on Monday, August 6th, she saw Mr. Lucy on a motor-cycle on the Irchester road. He was slowly riding up the hill in Wollaston parish when he suddenly fell off. Witness went to him and found that he was badly bruised and his face terribly swollen. It was a very hot day. Witness called for help and sent for a doctor. The man was unconscious.

Dr. Powell, house surgeon at Northampton Hospital, said that deceased was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday at 7.30p.m. He was unconscious and suffering from cerebral haemorrhage. A post-mortem examination revealed bruises on the right side of the face and abrasions on the right thigh. The brain was affected; this might have been caused by the fall. The cause of death was haemorrhage of the brain, which was quite consistent with the fall from the cycle.

The Coroner returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence. Death might be due to the fall or to some kind of seizure, or perhaps to the heat.

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