Few, Agnes

Few, Agnes      1917 March 16th

An inquest was held by the City Coroner (Mr S Buchanan Smith) at the Council Chamber on Saturday afternoon, touching the death of Mrs Agnes Few, of Castle Street, Salisbury.

Mrs Rhoda Carrier, the wife of a mason at Bradford-on-Avon, and the sister of Mrs Few, said Mrs Few was 56 years of age and was the widow of Mr Arthur Few, a licensed victualler, of Salisbury. They last met in May, 1916, when her sister complained of a pain in her side, but she had written to her since, and sent a letter on March 9th, in which she made no mention of her health.

Mrs Evans, the wife of a soldier residing with Mrs Few, said that the latter had always enjoyed good health. At 10.30 on Friday morning witness was sweeping the snow from the pavement in front of the house, and hearing a noise she went indoors and saw Mrs Few sitting in a chair. She said she felt very sick and giddy. Witness made her as comfortable as she could, and seeing that she was very ill went to a neighbours and they went for a doctor. Dr Saunders arrived later, but Mrs Few was then dead. She had a bloater for breakfast and appeared to enjoy it.

Mrs Annie Loveless, the wife of a soldier, of 2, Old Gate Place, Castle Street, said she went in when Mrs Evans called her and saw Mrs Few was very ill. They got her on a couch and did what they could for her. She stayed with her until she died. Earlier in the morning Mrs Few appeared to be in her usual health when she saw her. She added that it was difficult to find a doctor as they were all on their rounds when first sent for.

Dr Saunders said he got the message at a quarter past one ; when he saw Mrs Few she was dead, and had been for about an hour and a half. She had been taken ill quite suddenly and expired in about twenty minutes. The symptoms pointed to a very severe attack of cerebral hemorrhage. He could not have saved her if he had been present. The hemorrhage must have been very great indeed.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.


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