Johnson, George

Johnson, George         1917 January 19th            Semley

Sad End to an Old Farm Worker

The South Wilts Coroner (Mr F H Trethowan) held an inquest at Whitebridge Farm, Semley, on Thursday in last week, touching the death of an aged farm labourer named George Johnson, living at Hugglers Hole, who died from exposure in a ditch at Whitebridge Farm the previous day. He was 78 years of age, but in spite of his infirmity had been in the habit of keeping at work, and on Wednesday afternoon left with the intention of tying up some wood on the farm. Two hours after the usual time of his return he was missing, and a search party began looking for him.

Shortly before nine o’clock a labourer named Harding found his body lying in the bottom of a steep ditch, which he apparently attempted to cross by a plank. There was a little water running in the ditch but not sufficient to cover the face.

The body was examined by a doctor, who formed the opinion that death was due to exposure to the cold, caused by the man falling into the ditch and being unable to extricate himself.

The jury found that Johnson died from exposure following an accidental fall into the ditch.

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