DEATH – HIND George William 5year – Inquest

Accreditation the Redcar and Saltburn News 12/03/1874.


            An inquest was held at Mr S. Gamble’s, Clarendon Hotel, Redcar, yesterday (11/03) afternoon, to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of George William Hind, five years of age, son of John Hind, iron worker, Alma Parade, who had died suddenly the previous day. Deceased had been suffering from a cold for about a fortnight, accompanied his father to Dr. Locke’s on Saturday (07/03), on the occasion of his going for a lodge certificate. As deceased’s face was swollen, his father asked Dr Locke if he could give him anything for it, and accordingly. Some powders were supplied, as the doctor thought the swelling might have arisen from dropsy, caused by suppressed scarlet fever, which has been rather prevalent in the neighbourhood. Nothing serious was anticipated until Tuesday at half past twelve o’clock, when deceased, who had been put out playing during the morning, complained of pain in the chest, and asked to be put to bed. He was wrapped up and placed on the sofa, a linseed poultice being applied to his chest, and warm flannels to other parts of his body. Dr Locke was also sent for, but, being absent at Saltburn, did not arrive until ten minutes past one, when the child was dead. There was nothing to lead him to suppose that the child had died from other than natural causes, most probably dropsy. The mother of deceased and Dr Locke having been examined, an altercation took place amongst some of the jury as to the necessity of holding an inquest at all, thereby entailing expense on the county, and wasting the time of those gentlemen who had to be taken from their business. Dr Locke said that, had he seen deceased before his death he would have given a certificate, but as he could not speak positively as to the cause of death. It was not in his power to give one. Before giving information to the coroner, however, he had consulted with the brother practitioner in the place, who, agreed with him in what had been done. If any of the jury thought the inquest had been called for the sake of his fee he would decline to take anything, and directed the coroner to hand it over to one of the local charities. The jury denied any such insinuation, and a verdict of “Death from natural causes.” was accordingly returned.


Lol Hansom August 24, 2013 Doctors & Health