Thomas Harry Coe

Inquest, 31st July 1902



An inquest was held at the Kettering General Hospital, on Thursday, before Mr. J. T. Parker, coroner, touching the death of a lad named Coe, who died in the above-named hospital, on Tuesday, through being run over by a truck, at Desborough, earlier in the day.

—Mr. W. C. Fowler, Nottingham, watched the proceedings on behalf of the Stanion Ironstone Company.

Dr. J. P. Roughton deposed to receiving the lad into the hospital. The left leg was severed above the knee, and he had other extensive wounds, and death ensued from shock about four o'clock the same afternoon.

Harry Coe, father of the deceased, gave evidence of identification, and deceased's playmate, Clifford Bloore, deposed how the deceased climbed over the fence protecting the iron-stone tramway, and jumped on to the buffer of the trucks whilst they were in motion. Deceased fell off the front of the truck, which ran over him leg. Witness tried to push the truck off, but failing to do so, went and told a boy named Squire.

—Mrs. Squire, wife of the foreman of the works, deposed to finding the deceased under the bridge. The lad said, "I have lost my hat, and my leg is cut off." Witness gave an alarm, and three men came from the tip and carried deceased to witness's house. The deceased had no right on the line, but children continually went there. Deceased would have to get over a fence and down a bank before he could get to the metals. The tramway was worked with an endless chain.

Thomas William Bloore, clerk at Desborough Station, and a member of the local Ambulance Brigade, deposed to rendering first aid to the lad.

—Mr Fowler said the trams only ran 2½ miles an hour. Everything possible was done to prevent lads trespassing.

—The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

 Northampton Mercury, Friday 01 August 1902