Candy, George

Candy, George      1887 February 26th       King Somborne

Mr Bernard Harfield, the county coroner, held an inquest at Horsebridge, Kingsomborne, on Saturday, on the body of George William Candy, aged one year and seven months, who was drowned in one of the numerous streams which run through the village.

The evidence of Agnes Dalton, wife of Charles Dalton, living in New Buildings, Horsebridge, showed that the deceased was the son of George Dalton, a signalman, in the employ of the London and South Western Railway Company, who also lived at New Buildings. About a quarter to two on Wednesday afternoon, witness was about to go out with her child, and had arranged to take Mrs Candy’s as well. She had been talking to Mrs Candy, and had seen the deceased playing at the cottage door. About ten minutes afterwards Mrs Candy came in and asked if she had seen the child since she left, and was told no. The two searched, and some men joined them in doing so. There was a stream at the bottom of the garden unfenced in any way. About an hour afterwards, the body was found.

Charles Weston, of Park Farm, Kingsomborne, said that about a quarter to two on Wednesday afternoon he was at work just at the back of Horsebridge Mill, and a man named James Faithfull asked him to close the hatches down, as Candy had lost his child. He did so, and then went in search, and found the body in Home Meadow, opposite the station at Horsebridge, and about 300 or 400 yards from Candy’s cottage. It was lying in a ditch off the main stream, face downwards.

A verdict of accidental death as returned.

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