Carpenter, William

Carpenter, William        1920 January 8th           Stonehenge

Fatal Accident to an Electrician

At the Salisbury Isolation Hospital on Thursday in last week Mr F H Trethowan held an enquiry into the death of William Carpenter, which had occurred as a result of an accident at the Power Station at Stonehenge, where he was engaged as an electrician.

From the evidence it appeared that on Thursday the engine refused to start. Carpenter and two other men attempted to start it by pulling the belt. Then the engine kicked back and Carpenter was thrown against the fly wheel, so forcibly that he died from his injuries shortly afterwards. The engine was supposed to be started by compression air, but sometimes this did not work and the belt had to be pulled. No accident of the kind had happened before.

From the evidence of the doctor the accident resulted in Carpenter’s neck being broken.

The Coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.

Carpenter was only 23 years of age, but until recently had spent his life since leaving school in the Army. He had been 12 years in the 1st King’s Dragoons, and nine of these had been spent in India. When war broke out he was brought over to Europe and became entitled to the Mons’ Star. He also won the DCM, and after being wounded when on service in France was invalided home. He came from India with the native troops at the outbreak of hostilities, and returned with them on recovery from his illness. He went back to France but his health broke down and he was invalided home at the beginning of 1919, by which time he had become a sergeant. He was demobilised in June and obtained employment at the power station as an electrician.

The funeral took place at the London Road Cemetery on Monday afternoon with full military honours. The Comrades’ Band was in attendance and about fifty of the Comrades.

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