1912

This years starts with a questionable suicide verdict. The Wiltshire case seems to rest on a witness describing the deceased as ‘looked staring and had a strange look in his eyes.’ There is the Hall case in which the deceased tipped her chair accidentally into the fire, and two deaths of people sleeping rough in the Lang case and the Harrison case.

The Keeling case shows a man who killed himself rather than enter the Lunatic Asylum, but seemingly had the wherewithal to secure a gun cartridge while he could still do so. This is followed by the tragic reality of a Nursery Rhyme in the Mead case. It also highlights the poor sanitation and water supply of Ludgershall, which, through my my own personal research, I know had been brought up officially as long before as 1898.

An awful struggle is laid bare in the Wells suicide case, in which the sister of the deceased physically fought to deny the deceased the bottle of poison he had bought himself, so he went straight out again and got another. There was perhaps also a struggle in the Crockett case, where the bailiff’s man is found dead on the line and missing half of the takings.

An early aviation incident caused the death of Leonard Williams, a victim of poor crowd control as the aircraft came in to land. The Punter case – not for the first time in this collection – shows someone floundering in the water while passers-by pass by, while the Palmer case gives us a clear idea of the uncertainties prevalent on the roads at this time.

Wiltshire, Charles                 Brockenhurst

Dyke, David

Pearcey, infant

Cockle, Horace

Hall, Louisa

Lang, Charles                      Laverstock

Moore, Edwin                      Harnham

Brasier, Charles                   Lyndhurst

Harrison, John                     Stratford-sub-Castle

White, Samuel                     Salterton

Williams, Leonard               Larkhill

Lush, Annie                         Stockton

Punter, Emma                       Devizes

Elkins, Sidney                      Redlynch

Bungay, George                   Landford

Mullins, Charles                   Dinton

Keeling, Alfred                    Stapleford

Fudge, Jesse                       Steeple Langford

Mead, Ena                           Ludgershall

Sartin, Nessie

Wells, John

Cooper, John                        Tidworth

Doyle, James

Lawes, Frank                       Coombe Bissett

Watson, Lieut                       Cadnam

Munckton, William                Bere Regis

Crockett, Henry                    Grateley

Biles, Allen                           Whiteparish

Bristow, George                   Mere

Palmer, Mark

Cooper, Henry                     New Forest

Witt, Charles                        Breamore

Holton, Frederick

Goodfellow, William            East Harnham

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