Accidental Death


BARTON, Thomas, found dead in bed early morning (was infant son of Edward BARTON, smith) Inquest “accidentally overlain”. Father mother and Mrs SPICE the grandmother gave evidence at Liverpool Arms, Townwall Street, Dover
(Dover Telegraph May 5 1849 p.8 col.2)

BAZELY, A.F. (Mr) – death by accident at sea. Coroner’s inquest report (3/4 column) (son of the late Captain Henry BAZELY, Port Captain RN and nephew of the late Rear-Admiral John BAZELY)
(Dover Telegraph 16 May 1846 p.8 col.2) see also Dover Telegraph 23 May 1846 p.8 col.2 for funeral report (15 lines) “Mr A.F. BAZELY: Funeral: The remains of the late A.F.BAZELY, whose melancholy death, arising from the upsetting of his boat, we recorded in our last, were on Wednesday interred in a brick grave adjoining the family vault in St Marys churchyard. Himself a sailor ardently attached to his profession, and a member of a family distinguished in the naval service, his oft-expressed wish, while living, was carried out at his funeral. The coffin containing the body, covered with the Union Jack, was borne to the grave by six Dover boatman, and the pall supported by men of the Pier Coast Guard station who, with the commander, Lieut. PEARSON, RN, volunteered their services. The funeral was also attended by the Rev T. BAZELY and the members of the family, Lewis STRIDE Esq., John JEKEN Esq., the Rev Messrs MORRIS and DARWALL, and many other friends of the deceased.” (Dover Telegraph 23 May 1846 p.8 col.2)

BAYLIS Henry, also called Henry Baylis BROWN, master of the brig “Elizabeth” of Dover. Lost on board the brig in Southern Ocean about 1831 with his wife Mary. Notice seeking information of a Will
(DT 14 May 1836 p.1)

MORPHEW: “Dover November 12” – Yesterday morning a Coroner’s Inquest was held on the body of Mr William MORPHEW, late of this town, cooper, who was found drowned on the sea shore near St Margaret’s Bay on Friday morning last. It appearing on examination, that the deceased had business to transact at St Margaret’s. It was supposed that on his way thither, under the cliff, the tide inflowing had caught him so that he could not extricate himself. – Verdict: accidental death. The deceased was a man very much respected and has left a disconsolate widow and large family to lament his untimely end.” (Kentish Gazette 13 Nov 1810 back page col.4 Inquest MORPHEW 2/3 down)

MULCASTER, Wm Howe (Sir, CB, KCH, KTS, Captain RN and ADC to the King. Died 12 March at Guilford Lawn Dover, in consequence of wounds received in the American War. In his 53rd year
(DT 18 March 1837 p.8)

MUNDAY, H. (Mr) died 22 Jan at Dover, after injuries received from fall at new building in St James parish. Left widow and 5 children
(DT 27 Jan 1838 p.8)

PEARNE, George (Mr) of Dover, chief engineer on board “Great Western” scalded by steam and subsequently died in the City Hotel, New York. Interred at St George’s church, New York
(DT 26 May 1838 p.8 and further details in DT 2 June 1838 p.8)

SHRIMPTON, Mary (Mrs) of Dover: Found at bottom of the stairs. Accidental death (DT 18 Jul 1835 p.8)

SMITH, George aged 24, a helper in the “Ship” Stables, found drowned in Dover Harbour. Verdict: found drowned.
(DT 25 Nov 1837 p.8)

SMITHEN, Wm employed on railway works near Shakespeare Cliff, chalk gave way and he was killed. Inquest: accidental death. Left wife and several children
(DT 9 June 1838 p.8)

WORRELL, Francis Ayburn (Mr): Found in gorse field between Buckland Bridge and St Radigund’s Abbey (Dover). Formerly master and owner of the “Speculation” of London, trader of this port. Inquest verdict: Insanity.
(DT 18 Nov 1837 p.8)

STONE, John: commissioned boatman in Preventative Service: 28 line report on inquest at Dover.He was drowned in boating accident. Accidental death. Left 4 children and a pregnant widow.
(Dover Telegraph 27 Aug 1836 p.8 col.2

John WOOD,Dover, died at Sittingbourne: corpse exhumed twice for further examinations.
(Dover Telegraph 19.Apr 1834 p.8 col.2)

WOOD, William: – died by a fall in York Street, Dover on 27 Dec, while intoxicated. Fall having arisen from a blow given to him by Nelson BURTON after WOOD spoke abusively and obscenely to him in the parish of St Mary Dover, and then Buckland, died on 30 Jan. Inquest held on 1 Feb 1853 at Dover
(Coroner’s Inquisitions ref: Do/JCi 1, E.Kent Archives)

YOUNG, Edward, accidentally killed by attempting to get into railway carriage while in motion, fell from the step and wheels went over him Inquest held 6 Aug 1853 at Dover
(Coroner’s Inquisitions ref: Do/JCi 1, E.Kent Archives)

Richard DAWES, a seaman, died at the Dover Hospital from the effects of a blow received while passing down the Channel in a galley-punt “Teaping” of Deal; verdict: “Accidental death”. (June 5th 1876, Inquests from Dover Year Book and Calendar) BLANCHARD, Isaac, 78 yrs (Military Pensioner, original American War): Found dying. Report of inquest held at the Half Moon, Mount Pleasant, verdict: Natural death.
(Dover Telegraph 14 Oct 1837 p.8 col.2)

BROWN, Joseph, aged 40. Killed by fall of chalk near Shakespeare Cliff. Inquest: “Accidental death”
(DT 15 Sept 1838 p.8)

BURVILL, Benjamin: residing in a cave beneath Castle Cliff – report in inquest, accidental death
(Dover Telegraph 16 Nov 1833 p.8 col.2)

BUSTARD, Henry, lost in gale from hovelling lugger “Duncan”. Accidental death. Left widow but no children. Buried at St Marys
(DT 8 Oct 1836 p.8)

CARLTON, Emma: on 16 Dec in Worthingtons Lane, cart drawn by 2 horses which were frightened – she was thrown upon ground and wheel violently driven against and over her, and did presently die.Inquest held 17 Dec 1852 at Charles Pritchard’s “Olive Branch” Dover.
(Coroner’s Inquisitions ref: Do/JCi 1, E.Kent Archives)

CLEMENTS, Henry: aged 6 of Limekiln Street – Inquest report – found drowned
(Dover Telegraph 13 Nov 1847 p.8 col.2)

CHATER, Wm – inquest – found drowned on 16 Jly. No marks of violence. Inquest held at Masons Arms (house of Geo UNDERDOWN) Dover), on 16 July 1853
(Coroner’s Inquisitions ref: Do/JCi 1, E. Kent Archives)

COULTHRUP Thomas – inquest – fell overboard on 27 August from HM Mail packet “Onyx” body discovered on 6 Sept, floating. Inquest held on 6 Sept 1853 at Dover
(Coroner’s Inquisitions ref: Do/JCi 1, E.Kent Archives)

CROFT, William, aged 13 yrs: “A few days since, the following happened at Mr PILCHER’s mill at Crabble near Dover – the son of John CROSS (sic), miller, aged about 4 years, being at the top of the mill, fell into the cloth-mill-hopper nine feet deep and the middlings falling upon him, it is supposed he was instantly smothered; he was extricated from the hopper as speedily as possible but the vital spark was quite extinct”.
(Kentish Gazette July 31 1818, back page col.2 (half way down) “SHOCKING ACCIDENT: The following calamitous event occurred at Mr PILCHER’s mill at River near Dover on Friday last – the Millers, perceiving that something impeded the working of the mill, one of them went to the top in order to ascertain the cause when (distressing to relate) he beheld his son, William CROFT a youth about 13 years old, entangled in the works; the utmost expedition was used to stop the machinery which, when effected, the unfortunate lad was taken out, a dreadful spectacle, his head and legs being crushed in pieces. It is conjectured that the sleeve of his gabardine having been caught by a key on the spur wheel he had been drawn by it between the works. The body was conveyed to River Workhouse, where the Coroner’s Inquest, held on it the following day, returned a verdict of accidental death. The father has worked in the mill for 25 years and is much respected in his station; and what adds to the calamity is that another of his sons lost his life about 4 years since at the same mill, by falling into the flour bin in which he was suffocated before assistance could be afforded to him.”
(Kentish Gazette Feb 12 1822, back page). Richard DAWES, a seaman, died at the Dover Hospital from the effects of a blow received while passing down the Channel in a galley-punt “Teaping” of Deal; verdict: “Accidental death”.
(June 5th 1876, Inquests from Dover Year Book and Calendar) DIXON Thomas, widower, lost in gale from hovelling lugger, “Duncan”. Accidental death. Buried at St Marys
(DT 8 Oct 1836 p.8)

FORD Robert. In violent gale was drowned from hovelling lugger “Duncan”. Inquest: accidental death. His brother Thomas FORD also drowned, both single men
(DT 8 Oct 1836 p.8)

GRAFFAN, Thomas aged 64, killed by a fall of chalk near Shakespeare Cliff, Dover. Inquest: Accidental death
(DT 15 Sep 1838 p.8)HORN, Joseph, in 34th year, a boatman of the Coastguard. Inquest: “Accidentally drowned”, when he fell into the sea. Left widow and seven children
(DT 15 Dec 1838 p.8)

JACOB: A melancholy accident happened at Dover on Wednesday on landing the passengers from the “Lord Duncan” packet – A neak (sic) having on board 11 passengers and 4 boatmen, had just put off from the vessel when the “Lady Jane James” passage vessel coming down at the moment, with a fresh wind, ran on board and sunk the neak, by which accident a young man, a passenger named JACOB, a Jew, was drowned after having hung on by the hobstay of the vessel till he was exhausted, when he was obliged to let go his hold and he sunk to rise no more. It is reported he had a considerable sum in foreign coin about his person, another man a hoveller named PERRY dislocated his shoulder and was nearly gone but for the assistance of another boat which succeeded in getting him in after he had gone down twice; rest of the passengers and crew were saved by the boats and vessel (Kentish Gazette 18.5.1821 back page, col.4) later: (local news column): Mr JACOBS, the young man lately drowned, off Dover, had his pantaloons lined with bars of gold.. reward of £100 has been offered for finding his body.”
(Kentish Gazette 29.5.1821 back page col.4) (NB: NEAK – After much searching no definite identification of this word. “Nektos” (prounced Neek-toss) means swimming (Greek origin). NACA or NACELLE is a French boat without sail or mast “used as early as twelfth century”. Neak: not in W.Clark

RUSSELL’s “Sailor’s Language”. The incident was not mentioned in Lloyd’s List for May/June 1821 – info ex R.Craig) KEMP, Mary Ann: about 2 yrs, of Limekiln Street, Dover: Inquest – burned to death.Verdict: accidental death.
(Dover Telegraph 8 Apr 1837 p.8 col.1)

William KINGSLAND, a boy aged 10 yrs, was drowned in the Wellington Dock. Verdict: “Accidentally drowned”.
(June 4th 1876 Inquests from Dover Year Book and Calendar)

LACKIE, Robert: stonemason, report of inquest – died from injuries received from granite blocks being lowered on the south pier. Accidental death
(Dover Telegraph 20 Aug 1836 p.8 col.2)

MARSH, Susannah: – inquest – inadvertently took arsenic instead of magnesia, both in small packets, did presently die. Accidental death. Inquest held at Richard Thomas TERRY’s “Plume of Feathers” in Dover on 1 Dec 1852
(Coroner’s Inquisitions ref: Do/JCi 1, E.Kent Archives)

MARTIN (a boy) about 13 yrs, of Charlton – drowned at Dover while bathing. Accidental death.Son of Mr MARTIN, milkman
(Dover Telegraph 9 Aug 1834 p.8 col.3)

Robert MORGAN a drummer of the 24th Regiment was found dead in a trench at the Western Heights; verdict: Found dead.
(June 4th 1876 Inquests from Dover Year Book and Calendar

KG Kentish Gazette – DT Dover Telegraph – D/E Dover Express