Clarkson, George

Clarkson, George                   1918 July 12th           Bulford

Crushed by Falling Chalk

On Tuesday, while drawing chalk at Beacon Hill, Bulford, George William Clarkson, of the MT, ASC, was crushed by a fall of chalk from the side of the hill. An enquiry into the fatality was held on Wednesday at the Military Hospital, Bulford, by the Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan).

Sergt Coglan said Clarkson was in the same company as himself, and was 35 years of age, his home being at Boston, Lincs. On Tuesday afternoon he was with a party drawing chalk, when about two tons fell from the side of the hill. He called out to know whether there was anyone underneath, and was told that Clarkson was under the chalk. They extricated him in two minutes, and he was just breathing, but he died before he got to hospital. Witness had previously warned men about the possibility of falling chalk.

Pte Davis, who gave similar evidence, said the chalk was cut away beneath the hill, but not very much. He was experienced in the work and did not expect the chalk to fall.

Capt Dee, RAMC, said death was due to fracture of the base of the skull, and was practically instantaneous.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

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