Letters from Henry Leigh of Taunton in connection with the death of Anne Dibben
(kindly donated by Diana Clark)
27th August 1823
30th August 1823
31st August 1823
THE JESSOP HOSPITAL LIFT FATALITY
Yesterday morning, at the Royal Hospital, the City Coroner held an inquiry concerning the death of Alexander Morris Hutchings, who was killed through falling down the lift at the Jessop Hospial, Sheffield, on Sunday evening.
The Rev. J. E. Jump and Messrs. B. T. Burdekin and T. H. Waterhouse, members of the committee; Mr. A. W. Warner, the secretary; and Mr. A Howe, solicitor, represented the Hospital.
No one actually saw how the accident happened, and the evidence given was therefore circumstantial.
Deceased, who was 40 years of age, was a porter at the Jessop Hospital. He had only been there a fortnight. His home was in Derby. Shortly after six o’clock on Sunday evening he fell down the lift, and when picked up was unconscious. His collar-bone and shoulder-blade were broken. He died at about 10 o’clock the same night.
Matilda Elstone, housemaid, said she was on the ground floor when the accident occurred. She was passing the lift, and saw deceased hanging, head downwards, as she thought, between the lift and side of the well. He did not cry out or make any sound. The cage was going up at the time, and the man fell to the ground.
Mr. A. Howe: Are the gates to the lift kept locked?
Witness: Yes Tho house surgeon has one key.
Mr. A. W. Warner said he had made inquiries, and believed deceased entered the lift on the ground floor, and went up to the second floor to collect the letters. He then went down the staircase to the first floor, and proceeded to the lift again to descend to the ground floor. He found, of course, that the lift was at the top floor, where he had left it. He pulled the rope to lower it, but the cage went slightly below the level of the corridor, and he raised it again; this time too high, and, attempting to step in as it was moving up, he slipped and fell into the well underneath. Deceased had had special instructions as to the working of the lift. There were collapsible gates to the well on each of the three floors. There were three keys, which were kept by the house surgeon, the matron, and the porter respectively. No one was ever allowed go up in the lift unless accompanied by one of these three persons.
Mr. Burdekin expressed sincere regret on behalf the hospital authorities for the accident, and also expressed commiseration with the relatives of deceased.
A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.
The death of Mr. Tom removes from the parish one of its oldest inhabitants. He passed away in his sleep on Sunday in his 87th year at Rose Hill Farm where he and his wife had been living in retirement with their son Mr. Frank Hilliar for upwards of nine years. Mr. Hilliar had been out and about, as usual, on the previous day and for his age was considered an active man.
For over 49 vears he lived at The Mill Okeford Fitzpaine and during that period always associated himself energetically with all the parochial activities. He was one of the early members of the Parish Council, an enthusiastic supporter of the village flower shows and Slate Clubs fetes.
The Cricket and Football Clubs also found in him a keen and ardent helper; indeed, in the early davs he was formidable member of both organisations. He also frequently and successfully appeared in the West Pennard eleven during their local cricket contests. He was an exceptional shot, being very quick with the gun, and he could formerly throw a good quoit. Also in the noble art of self-defence, many youngster was first brought to book at the Mill where the proprietor was no mean exponent of the craft. In fact, Mr. Hilliar was an all-round village sportsman.
The funeral took place on Thursday at St Andrew’s Church the service being conducted by the Rector (Rev. C G Rogers). Principal mourners were Messrs F Hilliar and C Hilliar (sons); Mesdames R Woolridge, E Mitchell, J Ridout, N Ridout (daughters): Messrs H Hilliar, G Hilliar (brothers); Mrs G Beale (sister); Misses P Hilliar, C Hilliar; Messrs G Woolridge, L Woolridge, P Ridout (grandchildren); H Hilllar, Miss M Hilliar, Mrs S Collinson, Mrs M Bastable, Mrs A Laws, Mrs F Hilliar (nephews and nieces); Mrs R Hilliar, Mrs H Hilliar (sisters-in-law); Messrs C Ridout and H Mitchell, Mrs H Hilliar and Mrs C Hilliar (sons-in-law and daughters-in-law): and Mr T Hilliar. Among the many other friends present were Mesdames W Lane, L Pope, and S Williams, Misses N Pope, F Ricketts and L Pope, Mr and Mrs E G Trowbridge, Mr and Mrs H J Trowbridge, Mr G Sutton (also representing the Okeford United Football Club), Messrs R Rose, E T Allen, J Fox, H Miller, F Fox, F N Pope, J H Ridout, John Ridout, Walter Ricketts, J Spicer, John T Sticklen, and John Trowbridge. Mrs Anna Hilliar (wife) was unable to be present, and Messrs John Hilliar and Herbert Hilliar were prevented by sickness from attending.
The floral tributes included those from his sorrowing Wife; From all his children: Edith and Harold; All his grandchildren; Bro Robert and family Henry and Kate: His everloving sister Jane, and all at Castle Cottage; All at East Pennard Somerset; Francie, Arthur and May; Lindy and Flo; C and N Fripp; the Kiener family (Byfleet); H J and R Trowbridge; Jack and Agnes Pope; Algia and Lily: Mrs Graham, Mrs L Rose and Miss Wilkinson; Mrs W G Orchard; Mr and Mrs W Lane and family; L H Splcer (Coulsdon, Surrey); Mr and Mrs Bert Lemon and from Alice, U.S.A.; C and I Rose; Mr and Mrs S Williams; Mr and Mrs Walter Ricketts; Miss B Spicer; The Okeford United Football Club. For the many kindly messages of sympathy, and also the beautiful flowers, Mrs Tom Hilliar and family wish all friends to know how warmly both are appreciated.
The funeral arrangements were carried out under the personal direction of Mr A J Lemon Okeford Fitzpaine.
His many friends in the Katanning and surrounding districts were grieved to learn of the death of Mr. T. E. Applin, which took place at his residence on Wednesday, November 22, following a sudden heart seizure and collapse.
Deceased, who was 72 years of age, had lived an active and varied life, which was sustained to the last in spite of his advancing years. He arrived in Katanning 27 years ago with his wife and family of five boys and four girls, after voyaging from the Old Country on board the S.S. Belgic, which carried 1,500 migrants for Australia. His family, incidentally, was the largest one on board the vessel.
After gaining local experience around Katanning, Mr. Applin selected land about 15 miles from Nyabing, which he farmed for a number of years. Just prior to the Great War, his eldest son, Edward (Ted), suffered a breakdown in health and died after a long illness, and on the outbreak of hostilities his second son, Robert, enlisted with the A.I.F. He went overseas and was killed in action.
The family then persuaded their father to leave the farm and come to Katanning; and it was here that he started what is known today as the Monk’s Green stud. From a very modest beginning (two cows in a back yard), he succeeded by hard work and diligence in becoming the proud owner of one of the finest dairy herds in the State.
He was a highly successful exhibitor in local and district shows, where his splendid Ulawarra Shorthorns were universally admired. In this achievement he was ably assisted by his wife, two youngest sons, Victor and Tom, and a daughter, who have lost a good husband and father, while his wide circle of friends will regret the passing of a true Britisher.
The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, the cortege moving from his late residence to the Baptist portion of the Katanning cemetery, where the last rites were administered by Pastor J. Wilson Brown, funeral arrangements being in the hands of Messrs. C. E. Courtis and Co.
Pall-bearers were Messrs. N. Ricket, N. Wells, L. Wells, A. A. Stevens, F. A. Rogers and E. Daniels.