Benjamin Hill

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Date published: 17/06/2014
© Newbury Weekly News

BENJAMIN HILL

 

A NEWBURY MAN DROWNED AT STREATLEY

 

Mr. J.C. Pinniger last week held an inquest at Streatley concerning the death of Benjamin Hill a labourer, of Newbury.

 

Wm Holden, a grocer's porter, living at Brighton-terrace, Newbury, identified the body. Deceased was 58 years of age, and since his wife's death, which took place about three years ago, he had had no home. George White, butcher of Aldworth, said about quarter to seven on Thursday evening the deceased came into the Swan Hotel bar and said that he had got a halfpenny and wanted another to pay for half a pint of beer. Witness gave him one. Deceased said that he was making his way to Moulsford, and just before he left witness told him to keep straight on the road from the house and then turn left. Deceased left about a minute afterwards.

 

A young man afterwards came in from the Oxfordshire side and said someone was in the water. Deceased was in the bar about a quarter of an hour; he did not sit down and he was sober. Witness went out and found that the body had been recovered. Dr Evans was sent for, and he tried to resuscitate the body, but without success. Edward Badcock, an engineer, of Basildon, who assisted to recover the body, said he saw the deceased in the “Swan”, and he was sober. The night was dark and foggy.

 

The jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally drowned.”

 

Newbury Weekly News 11 January 1894

 

Not in Mrs. P.

 

BMD Death Mar Q 1894 Benjamin Hill aged 58 Bradfield 2c 241

Sources:Newbury Weekly News 11 January 1894 and BMD

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