Hacker, Lucy 1885 January 31st Westbury
Mr Coroner Sylvester held an inquest at the “Oak” inn, Westbury, on Tuesday, on the body of Lucy Hacker, aged 34, wife of John Hacker, signalman, in the employ of the GWR Company, who was found dead in bed by her son on the previous morning. From the evidence adduced, it appeared that for some time past the deceased had been under medical treatment. On Sunday last she was better and went into the garden. The same evening her husband left for his work at six o’clock, and did not again see his wife alive.
Deceased, it is supposed, retired to bed early, and on the following morning her son went into the bedroom to call her, and discovered that she was dead, though the body was still warm.
Mr Shorland, surgeon, of Westbury, said he had attended deceased, who had for some months past been suffering from heart disease and dropsy. He was of opinion that she had died from syncope, arising from the diseased state of her heart; and a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was returned.