1913

Among the many inquests this year are the White and Maton cases, which give us rare glimpses into the dilemmas facing the surgeons of Salisbury Infirmary. The dilemma of unwanted pregnancy is shown in the Lilley case, which has the rare distinction of the doctor and coroner finally approaching the bare facts face on – unlike in other such cases – although there is some circling of the question over whether she was wearing an engagement ring at the time.

The journalist and the jury both felt Mrs Gray had delusions, but I could not help thinking – myself – that none of her children seemed to actually want her, unless it was to send her to a lunatic asylum.

The Collins case shows us the penalty of over-confidence, and also how difficult braking a road-vehicle was at this time.

The Pearce case is truly dreadful, showing, as it does, that two men were allowed to work on the railway siding late at night, with only one light to both show their presence and light their work, only one pair of eyes to light the work and watch for approaching hazards in the dark, and no one else knowing they were there. The inquest, needless to say, is another them-and-us stand-off, with the argument over the Book of Instructions being the telling moment. The awful railway accident at Yeovil – Redman and Legg –  however, is clarity itself, graphically describing how a momentary error and confusion cost two lives and at least six shocking injuries.

 

The Jefferies case is one of inexplicable murder, and is comparable with that of the Head family murder of 1905.

The curse of Mists Court in Milford Street (see Emily Smith) strikes again with poor William Rogers, and the lack of care afforded him from all parties is quite staggering, while the Harriett/Hinton case demonstrates clearly the total neglect of the landlord, leading to the collapse of the house and the death of the two occupants.

Vallance, William                  Tidworth

Rogers, Mabel                          Romsey

Harriett, Mrs and Hinton, Nellie     Ferndown

Warman, Charles                       Downton

Hudd, William                       Warminster

Andrews,Arthur                       Devizes

Powell, Winifred                     Odstock

England, Geoffrey                   Bulford

Sheen, Angelina                      Harnham

Luckmier, William

Gallichan, Sarah

Rawlins, Georgina                   Durrington

Clack, Edward                        Bulford

Dart, John

Hargrave, Ivy                          Great Durnford

Shergold, George                    Sutton Veny

Carter, George                         Fittleton

Lindsey, Mrs

Philpott, Lilian                        Fordingbridge

Hiscock, Albert                       Netheravon

Jefferies, Dorothy

Bennett, Eliza                         Whiteparish

Sims, Alice                              Bemerton

Pearce, Herbert

Yeo, Ernest

Collins, Walter                        Amesbury

Best, Tom

Pinchin, Arthur                        Upavon

Marchment, Frank                    Upavon

Lilley, Ellen                             Stratford-sub-Castle

Neate, Horace                        Bulford

Macey, Rose                           Houghton / Donhead St Mary

Unknown                                Romsey

Hewetson, Alexander              Larkhill

White, Alice                            Alderholt

Maton, Elizabeth

Gray, Mary                              Wylye

Brown, Edward                       Grayswood

Redman, Louisa / Legg, Jane    Yeovil

Pragnell, Edith                        Greatbridge / Romsey

Bush, infant

Kellow, Robert

Coles, Gilbert                         Frome

Whatley, Margaret                  Warminster

Jones, Corpl                           Tidworth

Dames, Reginald

Courtney, Alfred

Rogers, William

Hillier, Rhoda                       Branksome

Hesketh, Norah                     Amesbury

Hake, Henry                          East Tytherley

Merrick, George                     Upavon

Cook, Jane                             Manton

Holloway, William                 Romsey

Elliott, Alfred

Ford, Ellen                             Woodford

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