Blanchard, Herbert

Blanchard, Herbert       1887 February 19th          Chippenham

An inquest was held on Tuesday at the Plough Inn, Lowden, by Mr Foote, deputy coroner, on the body of Herbert Arthur Blanchard, aged two and a half years, child of Eliza Blanchard, of Lowden.

It appeared that about three weeks ago the little fellow went out in the garden and picked up a rusty knitting needle, nine inches in length, and whilst carrying it in his mouth fell down, and knocked the needle into his throat, so that only a small portion of it was visible, the mother having to use considerable force to draw it out.

Dr Corbett was sent for and attended it, and the next day Dr Daly was called in, but the child died on Sunday.

Verdict – “Accidental Death.”

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