Friend, Thomas

Friend, Thomas             1882 May 27th                Bishopstoke

A distressing case of suicide occurred here on Monday, a young man named Thomas Richard Friend, a cellarman and boots at the Junction Hotel, having in a determined manner placed his neck on the rails of the down main line, immediately in front of an approaching train. The deceased was observed near a carriage lifting shops and was spoken to, and shortly after the 4.16 am Clapham Junction coal train, due at Bishopstoke at 12 o’clock, had passed, his body was found lying in the six foot way, and his head, which was severed from his body with the exception of a small cord, lying in the four foot way of the down main line. He was removed to the Junction Hotel as soon as discovered, to await the inquest, which was held on Tuesday evening.

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