Lucas, George

Lucas, George            1884 October 11th            Trowbridge

On Saturday morning the inhabitants of Trowbridge were shocked to hear that the body of Mr George Henry Lucas, son of Mr Henry Lucas, for many years coachbuilder, of that town, had been found in the river Avon at Staverton. The Coroner was communicated with, and at twelve the same day an inquest was opened at the Bear Inn, Staverton, before Mr F T Sylvester and a jury of whom Mr A J Whitcombe was chosen foreman.

After viewing the body the first witness was Elizabeth Rudman, wife of Samuel Rudman, who keeps a boathouse at Staverton. She said on Friday night, just before nine o’clock, the deceased came down to the boats, and got into one belonging to Mr Couzens, of Trowbridge. Witness tried to persuade him not to go alone, as did her father who was present. Deceased had a fit about a month ago at the same spot.

Mr H B Norris, of the Rose and Crown Inn, Trowbridge, cousin to the deceased, said he saw him last on Thursday night. He was well enough then, and had nothing to disturb his mind, and was quite well in health. Witness had seen Mr Couzens that morning, and he said he had not made any appointment to meet the deceased down the river.

Mr Henry Lucas, the father of deceased, said he had known deceased go down the river late at night before this. He was accustomed to boats. He knew of no cause why he should wish to take his life.

Other evidence was given, but no additional facts were adduced. The doctor was of opinion that the deceased possibly had a fit, as the hands were open.

The jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned from accidental causes.” The deceased was well known and highly respected, and was only 23 years of age. His singularly untimely end is lamented by all who knew him.

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