Ashfield, Richard

Ashfield, Richard         1916 March 24th

Painter’s Sudden Death

An inquest was held by the City Coroner (Mr S Buchanan Smith) yesterday (Thursday) evening at the Council Chamber in connection with the sudden death of an unmarried man named Richard Ashfield, a painter’s labourer, who lived at 29, Meadow Cottages, The Friary. Mr W J Saunders was chosen foreman of the jury.

John Ashfield said that Richard Ashfield was his son and 35 years of age. He did his work as usual on Wednesday. He had a pint of stout, and bread and cheese for supper and went to bed just before eleven o’clock. Witness afterwards heard cries of “Father” coming from his son’s room and found him sitting on the bed and in great pain. He gave him some water with salt on it, and after taking a mouthful he dropped on his knees. Witness then went for a doctor. His son had had a good deal of illness.

Dr Saunders attributed death to heart failure.

The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”

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