George New

Date published: 29/06/2013
© Newbury Weekly News





It is our painful duty to record another instance of sudden death which occurred on Saturday evening to a prominent tradesman, namely, Mr George New, baker, corn merchant and miller. The deceased was out in the grounds of Brook Villa, his newly occupied residence on the London-road, about seven o'clock, when he came indoors, and requested the servant to inform her mistress that he was unwell. Mrs New at once returned to the house, and found her husband battling for breath; he had removed his collar and scarf and also coat and waistcoat. Mrs New directed the servant to hasten at all speed for Mr. Edwin Fox, a relative living at Woodspeen-Terrace, only a short distance from Brook Villa. Mr Fox hurriedly left, but only arrived in time to witness the last ebbing away of life.

Pending the arrival of help Mrs New supported her husband with her arms, and brandy was administered to the dying man, but proved unavailing. Only shortly before Mr. William New had passed Brook Villa on his way to Ham Mill, and in returning called in, unaware of what had occurred, and only to find his father beyond recall. Dr Jenner Clarke was apprised and promptly arrived, but his services were of no avail and subsequently Dr Birch, Mr New's medical attendant, who was able to certify that death had arisen from a diseased heart of which the deceased had knowledge, and with regard to which he had also consulted a London physician.

An inquest was under the  circumstances rendered unnecessary. It is feared that the deceased had during the day somewhat over exerted himslef, having before breakfast walked to and from Shaw Kilns, of which company Mr New was a director. He had also walked up into town to his business in Bartholomew-street in the heat of the day, and previous to his seizure had been placing some wood in order which had been left utidy by a workman.




Newbury Weekly News 7 July 1898


BMD George New aged 58 died September Quarter 1898

Sources:Newbury Weekly News 7 July 1898

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