Greenstock, Henry

Greenstock, Henry    1899 May 1st

Shocking Accident at Eastleigh

A shocking railway fatality occurred at Eastleigh on Saturday night, shortly after eleven. Henry Greenstock, a young shunter, was employed at the railway station in bringing the lamp reflectors from the van of an empty special train on the up main line to the up-platform, in doing which he had to cross the up-siding. While thus engaged he failed to notice that the engine of the special had been detached and was backing over the siding, and just as was about to step across that line, the locomotive came upon him, hurling the unfortunate young fellow to the rails, where, in a moment, the body was mangled in a terrible manner. One of the wheel guards struck the deceased on the head, completely severing the scalp, and scattering the brains on the road. The occurrence was witnessed by Henry Winch, shunter. Deceased was a native of Bowerchalke, and his parents reside in the Chase there.

The Inquest

The county coroner (Mr Bernard Harfield) held an Inquest at the Juction Hotel, Eastleigh, on Tuesday afternoon, into the circumstances attending the death of Henry Greenstock, a shunter, aged 21, who was deprived of life by being knocked down by an engine on Saturday night. Sergeant Holmes, of the Railway Police, watched the case on behalf of the company.

Thomas James Lambeth, living at 94, High Street, stated that he was a night coupler, in the employ of the Railway Company, and knew the deceased, who lived in the same street, and was a night lampsman. On Saturday night about 11.5, witness was in a van attached to a train on the up road in Eastleigh Station. He had removed some gas reflectors, and the deceased, who stood in the six foot way near the van door, took them from his hand and went towards the up-platform. He went back in the van to pick up some more, and when he next turned towards the door he saw an engine going down the up siding. When he got down he saw the body of the deceased lying in the 4ft. and he at once called Mr Chapman. Deceased had been doing the same work as that he had been engaged in the last twelve months. There was sufficient light for him to have seen from the engine.

Henry Winch, a shunter, living at 151, Market Street, deposed that he was attending to his duties on the up road when he heard the engine driver open his whistle. On turning round he noticed an engine backing over the up siding, tender first, and in front of the tender he saw a man struggle for a moment and then fall. He shouted out for the engine to stop, and after it had passed he saw the body on the 4ft. He thought deceased must have taken something to the up-platform and forgotten that the engine was at the signal box ready to back down.

James Chapman, living in Market Street, stated that he saw the train in question come in on the main line about 11.5 on Saturday evening. He was afterwards told that a man had been knocked down, and on going to the spot he saw the body of the deceased, which, with assistance, he brought to where it had been seen by the jury.

Edward Paddon, engine-driver, living at 169, Northumberland Road, Southampton, after being cautioned, stated that on Saturday he was working an empty football train from Southampton to Eastleigh, arriving at the latter place 11.11pm, where he was unhooked by a shunter. He received instructions to run round the train, and accordingly he ran up under the signal box, and stopped there before coming back on the up siding. He only stopped to reverse. Just after starting back he opened his whistle, as was usual. Directly after he noticed he had run over something, and on stopping and going to the spot he found it was a man. He ran from 25 to 30 yards before reversing.

The jury were unanimously of opinion that it was a case of accidental death, and that no one was responsible for the occurrence.

The deceased had been employed at the station for the last two years, where he was a general favourite amongst his workmates.

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