Parker, Joseph

Parker, Joseph         1917 December 14th          Larkhill

Motor Car Fatality – Accident on the Larkhill Road

An inquest was held by the Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan) at Fargo Military Hospital, on Wednesday, to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of Joseph Thomas Parker, aged 48, a warden employed in an officer’s mess at Larkhill, who was knocked down on the Larkhill road on December 6th. His home was at Kingston-on-Thames.

George Joseph Wright, chef at the officer’s mess, stated that he was walking with Parker when a motor car approached them with very bright lights. Parker was a nervous type of man and caught hold of his arm, then left go and dashed across the road. The car, which was travelling at a good rate, struck him. He would not care to say that the driver was to blame, but in his opinion the light on the car were too bright.

Private E Mitchell, of the Wilts Regiment, said Parker was right in front of the car and it was impossible for the driver to avoid him.

Capt Richmond, RAMC, said Parker was suffering from lacerated wounds of the scalp and depressed fractures of the skull when he was admitted into Hospital, and the wounds were full of dirt. He died on Sunday night from meningitis setting in.

A verdict of accidental death was returned.

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