Davis, John 1883 October 27th Swindon
An inquest was held at “The Duke of Wellington” inn, on Saturday afternoon, on the body of John Davis, aged 45, a laborer on the Swindon and Andover Railway. It appeared that the deceased, who was born at Calcutta, had had no permanent home in England, although he was a married man.
On Saturday night he went out in company with his wife, and they returned at about half-past eight o’clock. Deceased went out alone and when he returned his wife was in bed. He came up to the top of the stairs with some beer in his hand, reeled, and fell down the steep stairs on to the stone floor at the bottom. The fall rendered him insensible, and Dr Goodden (assistant to Dr Maclean) was called, and attended him till he died that morning. The cause of death was concussion of the brain and subsequent inflammation.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”