Henstridge, Frederick

Henstridge, Frederick         1915 November 5th

Hairdresser’s Sudden Death – Collapsed in a Shop

On Monday evening there was an enquiry at the Council Chamber into the circumstances attending the death of Frederick Henstridge, a hairdresser, which occurred suddenly on Saturday night in his shop. The City Coroner (Mr S Buchanan Smith) presided, and Mr E G Kimber was foreman of the jury.

Ellen Alice Henstridge, the widow, said her husband was a barber, and lived at 65, Brown Street. He was 47 years of age last September. For three or four years he had complained of pains in his side, and about three years ago he was seen by Dr Saunders, who gave him some liniment. She had not called in a doctor since, but when her husband complained of pain she continued the treatment prescribed by Dr Saunders. He was able to continue at his employment, but recently had a slight cold. He seemed better than usual on Saturday, and worked in the shop all day. At 11 o’clock he closed the shop and came into the kitchen for a brush with which to brush up the shop. Soon after he had gone from the kitchen she heard a thud as if someone had fallen down. She went into the shop at once, and found her husband on his back on the floor. She asked him what was the matter, and he said he had come over giddy. He did not speak again and died about ten minutes afterwards.

Dr Ward said he was called to the shop shortly after 11 o’clock on Saturday night, and found Henstridge lying on the floor with his head resting against another man’s knee. On examination he found life extinct and there were no marks of violence on the body. As a result of his examination, and enquiries he had made, he attributed death to heart disease.

A verdict of “Death from natural causes” was returned.

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