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KNOTTINGLEY INQUEST REPORTS

FROM THE WAKEFIELD ARCHIVES

Ref: C493 - K2/1/33 number 1718
Inquest into the death of FOUNTAIN BUCKLEY, 14th July 1869, at the house of George Southernwood, Greyhound Inn, Knottingley.

Harriet the wife of John Buckley of Waterfield Hill, Knottingley a Railway Platelayer says:
Deced was 6 years old and my son. Last Monday afternoon between 6 and 7 o'clock I left him and my son Thomas who is 9 years old at home while I went to Mr Josh Taylor's. When I got there I was fetched to Mr John Fozard's where I saw deced's dead body.

John Buckley of Waterfield Hill a Labourer in Lime Quarry says: Deced was my brother. Last Monday afternoon I saw him and my brothers Thos and Solomon going towards Edwin Wood's Quarry. About 10 minutes afterwards Thos who was naked called out and I went to a part of the quarry where there was some water and there saw deced who was also naked just going overhead. I helped Thos out and tried to reach deced who did not come up again. I made an alarm and John Law came and got deced's body out after it had been in about half an hour.

John Law of Cemetery, Knottingley and Iron Moulder says: Last Monday afternoon about 7 o'clock I heard screams and went to Mr Edwin Wood's quarry into which I went and pulled out deced's body.

Verdict: Accidentally drowned.

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