Ford, Elizabeth

Ford, Elizabeth         1883 September 22nd            Bradford on Avon

On Tuesday, at the Folly, Mr Coroner Sylvester held an inquest on the body of Elizabeth Ford, wife of Thomas Ford, dealer in benzoline. It seems that after dark the other night a youth named George Winslow went to Ford’s house after some benzoline oil. Mrs Ford went out to the back premises with a lighted candle, drew the required quantity of oil, and was returning with it when the candle light caught the fumes, the oil ignited and poured all over the poor woman’s dress, which was burnt from off her back, and she died shortly afterwards notwithstanding the attentions of Dr W Adye.

The coroner said persons should be very cautious not to handle inflammable oils by candle-light. Verdict, “Accidental death.”


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