Cotterell, Henry

Cotterell, Henry    1891 August 15th


The Deputy Coroner for the City, Mr S B Smith, held an inquest at the Council House on Monday on the body of Henry Cotterell, labourer, of 3, Humby Court, Brown Street, 51 years of age, who died suddenly on the previous night.

Elizabeth M A Oram said that for the past fortnight she had been staying with Mrs Cotterell. Deceased was in good health when she saw him early on Sunday evening, but soon after going to bed made a gurgling noise, but of that she took no notice. Immediately after this, however, Cotterell, called her into the bedroom and he then appeared to be dead. She went at once for Dr Blackmore. The deceased had often complained of pains in his chest.

Dr Blackmore said he was called at a quarter to eleven and on going to the house found the deceased lying in bed. There was no indication of any convulsion, and appearances led to the belief that he had died in his sleep. The body was cold and death appeared to have taken place about two or three hours immediately after he had gone to bed. The noise the last witness heard could not have been made by the deceased. The cause of death he should assume was heart disease. The man was in good health the previous evening and had been playing with his children.

Supt Mathews said the widow told him that he went out for a walk at nine o’clock on the previous night and on her return found the husband had gone to bed, her little boy being with him. She returned about eleven o’clock, and finding something strange in her husband’s appearance she called the witness Oram. They then discovered he was dead and cold.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.


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