Personal information about Charles Webb

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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Charles Webb
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   03 September 1904
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   Greenham Lock, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1899
Page number: 088
Record number: 7900
Official at burial:
   R Wickhamlegg
Source of information:
  Burial Register
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Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

Charles Webb
Article source:    The Berkshire Chronicle
Date of source:    12 December 1896
Copyright:    © The Berkshire Chronicle




“WOMAN DROWNED LAST NIGHT – Last (Friday) evening Mrs. Sarah Webb, of Willow Cottage, Willow Street, met her death by drowning. It appears that some boys were near the lodge in Willow Street between five and six o’clock, when they raised the cry that Mrs. Webb had fallen over the low parapet into the river. The current was strong and the body was borne rapidly away, so that though help was speedily forthcoming, the woman was soon carried down the stream and all hope of saving her quickly vanished. It was known that she could not pass the hatchway at the mill in Abbey Street and after a time the body was found floating near the mill, and was got out with celerity by the mill hands, but life was extinct. The ambulance was procured, and the body was conveyed by P.Cs’ Murray and Hatcher to the mortuary to await an inquest. The deceased was about sixty years of age, and a strong, powerful woman. She was rather addicted to drink, and on Monday last was bound over for being drunk and disorderly in Bridge Street on Saturday night.”

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Charles Webb
Article source:    The Berkshire Chronicle
Date of source:    19 December 1896
Copyright:    © The Berkshire Chronicle




“SAD SUICIDE BY DROWNING AT READING. Recommendation by the jury. An inquest was held at St. Giles’ coffee-house on Saturday, before Mr. W. Weedon, coroner for the borough, on the body of Sarah Ann Webb, when the following evidence was adduced:-

Charles Webb said: I am a bargeman, living at Willow Cottage, Coley. I have just seen the body in the mortuary; it is that of my wife, who was, I think, fifty-six years of age. I don’t know of her having any trouble or worry. She constantly took too much to drink. About 5.30 last evening some lads came and told me Mrs. Webb was in the water. I was then having tea with my son and daughter-in-law. While at tea the deceased got up and walked out not saying where she was going. She had had then plenty of drink.  She has been very strange in her habits since Monday last. She was locked up on Saturday and Sunday last for drunkenness. Since then she had not been sober. I have never known her attempt or threaten to commit suicide before. When told she was in the water I came out  to see for her, and my son went to Soundy’s mill.

Annie Nickless said: I am the step-daughter  of Jas. Stephenson, of 74, Brook-street West. I have known the deceased some time. Last evening, about 5.45, I saw her come straight from her own house and get into the water, the Holybrook. I went to the spot at once, but could see nothing of her. Very soon some more persons came and Mr. Webb was told of it. The deceased was quiet from her house to Holybrook Bridge, but when there she cried out “Murder!”. No one came from the house with her.

Charlotte Sparkes said: I am the wife of Francis Edward Sparkes, of 28, Brook-street West, a carpenter. I have known the deceased between five and six years. At times she was very intemperate. She told me the loss of her little boy was the cause of her taking to drink. She always spoke of Mr. Webb as being very kind to her. A week ago yesterday she told me she had spent the pleasantest week she had for a long time; she had had very little drink and things had gone on very pleasantly. About 5.40 last evening, on passing her house, I heard her speaking and all seemed quiet and peaceable. When sober she was a very kind-hearted woman. She wanted for nothing. On again passing her house about 6.50 I heard she had drowned herself.

Harry Webb said: I am the son of the first witness, and I was the one having tea with him when the news came that my mother was in the water. I ran out at once to search for my mother, and at last went to Mr. Soundy’s mill, where I found her. She was dead. I went for the police, and when they came they worked her arms, but it was no good. The police brought the body here on the ambulance. I poured out a cup of tea for mother, but she refused it and went out almost directly. I thought perhaps she was going to my place and took no notice of her.

The verdict of the jury was, “Committed suicide by drowning during temporary insanity.”

Berkshire Chronicle 19 December 1896.

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