Wheeler, Alfred 1884 April 19th Trowbridge
On Saturday an inquest was held at the Brass Knocker inn, before the Coroner (Mr F T Sylvester), on the body of Alfred Wheeler, 52, picture-frame maker, living on the Down, Trowbridge.
Deceased, who had been in a desponding state of mind for some time past, got out of bed on Friday morning and went to the back kitchen. His son, hearing a sound as of water dropping in the back kitchen, went to see what it was, and saw his father with his throat cut from ear to ear, bleeding profusely, and a bloodstained razor on the floor. He caught him in his arms as he was falling, called his brother, and went for the doctor. Dr Taylor attended, but the deceased lingered for some hours. The jury returned a verdict “That deceased committed suicide whilst in an unsound state of mind.”