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Rushden Echo, August 17th 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins
Mr. Fredk. Percival
Fatal Accident at Irchester
Serious Injuries Cause Death – Knocked Down by a Locomotive

A shocking accident, which terminated fatally, occurred at the pits of the Irchester Ironstone Company on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Fredk. Percival, of London-road, Little Irchester, a carpenter employed by the company, was going to his work in the pit when he was knocked down by a locomotive drawing two empty wagons. One of the wagons passed over his foot, nearly severing it from the leg. It is believed that the noise of the steam diggers prevented Percival from hearing the approach of the locomotive.

Ambulance men at the works rendered first-aid and took Percival by motor ambulance to Dr. Richardson at Wellingborough. The doctor ordered his removal to the Northampton General Hospital, where he arrived shortly after five o’clock. Examination there showed a compound fracture of the left leg, and, without loss of time, the foot was amputated.

Mr. Percival, who is 66 years of age, passed a very restless night, and yesterday, at about noon, he succumbed to the injuries.

Rushden Echo, August 24th 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Funeral of the late Mr. F. Percival, who died as the result of injuries sustained at the ironstone quarries, took place on Monday at Irchester, the deceased being a native of the village. Numerous relatives and friends resident in Irchester joined the cortege at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Smith (brother-in-law and sister). The Vicar (the Rev. W. J. B. Kerr) conducted the ceremony at the church and graveside.

Rushden Echo, August 24th 1923

At the Inquest the Coroner recorded a verdict that death was due to injuries sustained by being accidentally run over whilst engaged in his regular employment. Modern machinery and science had improved methods of output, but probably work had been rendered more dangerous, and, therefore, great care was necessary. [part of a longer article]

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