Brown, Henry

Brown, Henry            1875 August 21st

On Saturday evening Mr G Smith, coroner, held an inquest at the New Inn, St Ann’s Street, in this city, on the body of a lad named Henry Brown, 18, who was an apprentice to Mr Horder, grocer, Milford-street, who died that morning from the effects of a fall on the previous evening. Mr T Cassey was the foreman of the jury, and the following evidence was given.

Dr Blackmore said : I am a physician in practise at Salisbury. At five minutes after seven o’clock this morning, I was called upon to see the deceased who was lying in bed in the house of Mrs Hibberd, 55, St Ann’s Street, quite insensible, breathing heavily, and the pupil of the left eye was more dilated than the right. The limbs seemed to be partially paralysed as well. He died at quarter to ten this morning, I have no doubt but that his death was the result of a fall causing injury to some vessel of the brain. On lying down more blood was thrown to the head and that produced the insensibility that killed him.

George Butler said : I am an apprentice to Mr Marlow, butcher, of this city. Last night about a quarter to eight o’clock I saw the deceased at Mr Marlow’s farm on the Old Castle road. John Dalton was with us. I and the deceased left the farm together to go to the Butts. We rode a pony each to the gate of the Butts which was shut, and as the deceased was in the act of getting off, he fell on to the ground, striking the back of his head. He groaned twice and on my lifting him in my arms I found he was insensible. A woman came up to my assistance, his necktie was unfastened, and in about ten minutes afterwards he became sensible. We put him in a van and he said he was right enough and wanted to get out so we allowed him. He said he could not recollect what had happened except riding the pony. He walked back towards the farm whilst I put the ponies in the croft and after doing so I overtook him. After going about 100 yards I asked him if anything was the matter. He said “No, only I feel a pain in the back of my head.” I accompanied him as far as St Edmund’s Church street, and then left him in company of Tom Batt and John Dalton, seeming much better.

John Dalton said : I am an apprentice to Mr Marlow, and I was with the deceased and last witness last evening. I went from the farm of my master to the Butts and when about 50 yards from the gate I saw a person lying in the road whom I afterwards found to be deceased. I went and put my pony into the Butts and returned to the deceased who I thought was in a fit because he was black in the face and insensible. I then tore off his collar and removed his necktie and he breathed more freely. I then went off for a doctor. I could not find one and then returned and met the deceased at the cross-roads in company with Batt; he was walking and appeared better. We returned as far as the Rising Sun at the top of Castle-street, when the deceased told me to go and stop the doctor as he was better. I after that went to within a short distance of his lodgings.

Sarah Elizabeth Hibberd said : I am a widow and reside at 55, St Ann’s Street. The deceased who lodged at my house was an apprentice to Mr Horder, Milford street. Last evening he returned to my house about nine o’clock. He appeared as usual, namely in good health, but his clothes were dirty. He sat down about five minutes, and then went to bed, having first drank a glass of water. About three quarters of an hour afterwards I heard him out of bed and went up to ask him if he had not got into bed; he replied that he had but had got out to get some water. I then left him. About a quarter to seven this morning I heard him in his room breathing very hard or snoring. I opened the door and went in, when I found him laid on the bed perfectly insensible. I spoke to him but could not make him answer, and Dr Blackmore was sent for.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that death resulted from the injuries caused by an accidental fall.

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