Davies, John 1874 December 12th East Harnham
On Saturday evening last an inquest was held at the General Infirmary, Salisbury, by Dr Young, the city coroner, relative to the death of John Davies, aged 50, coachman to Mr Ferryman, of Redlynch, who was seriously injured while driving with his master on the 1st of August last.
Miriam Bold, wife of William Bold, residing at Harnham Bridge, said that about noon of the day named she heard a crashing sound on the bridge, and on going outside to see what was the cause of it, she saw Davies, the deceased, crouched under the window of a house on the opposite side of the road, having just crawled away from the dog-cart and horse then standing quite still in the road. He was apparently suffering great pain and had evidently been severely kicked by the horse because the splashboard of the cart was broken to atoms.
Mr Ferryman, deceased’s master, was sitting with the reins in his hand, and had been driving the horse. Witness took the injured man some water, and when she asked him if he thought his leg was broken he moaned, and said, “No, it is my knee; he has kicked me before.” She put her hand to his knee and fancied that she could feel the bones beneath her touch as though they were much smashed. There was blood upon his dress abut the injured place. A fly was sent for and he was conveyed to the Infirmary. He did not complain of anyone’s carelessness as causing the accident.
John Gray Snook, a grocer at Harnham Bridge, said he was in his shop when Mr Ferryman came driving past in his dog-cart on the day named. When the vehicle had gone a few yards past the shop witness heard a noise as of the horse kicking and smashing something. He looked immediately and saw the animal kick violently twice. The first time it smashed the splashboard of the trap, and the second time it struck the leg of Davies as he was sitting in the cart, on the near side of the seat. He fell to the ground and witness ran across to help him. He crawled over to the wall nearest to him, and said his knee was hurt. He was evidently much injured, and there was blood upon his clothing.
Mr Moses Biggs, the house surgeon of the Infirmary, said the deceased was brought in on the 1st of August last suffering from a compound fracture of the right knee-cap. There was a good deal of swelling, and the injured man was in a state of prostration. He rallied shortly afterwards, and appeared to go on very well under his treatment until the 29th of September when he began to get worse, there being much suppuration. It was found necessary to amputate the limb above the knee, and the operation performed he went on tolerably well until the 8th of November when erysipelas set in, and he gradually got worse until he died on exhaustion on the morning of the 5th instant. Mr Ferryman came several times to see him and showed every sympathy towards him during his stay in the Infirmary.
The jury returned a verdict to the effect that death was the result of injuries accidentally sustained.