Harding, William

Harding, William         1885 March 14th        Wincanton

An adjourned inquest was held by Mr Muller on the body of an infant named William Herbert Harding, of Wincanton. The inquest was held at the coffee tavern, and had been adjourned for the stomach of the child to be analysed, as there were circumstances which prevented the medical man from giving a certificate.

There had been, too, no inquest held on another child only a week or two before, and both were insured in the Prudential Insurance Company. The analyst was Mr J W Gatehouse, public analyst, of Bath.

The jury returned a verdict of “Died from natural causes, aggravated by the child being fed on corn flour which the jury consider an improper food for young children, on account of the large proportion of starch which it contains.”

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