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Workhouse Accident Kills James Fawn
Burial number 3076: James Fawn is buried in row 86 plot P of the unconsecrated section. He was buried on 19th May 1890 aged 46 years.
Grantham Journal 10th May 1890
EXTRAORDINARY EXPLOSION AT LINCOLNSHIRE WORKHOUSE
At Holbeach workhouse, on Wednesday evening, James Fawn, a local builder, descended a large well, used as a reservoir for sewage.
Despite advice to the contrary he struck a match, when an explosion occurred, and flames rose from the mouth of the well to a height of several feet.
Fawn made for the ladder, and fortunately two men who were near had the presence of mind to pull him out of the place, and to roll him in a quantity of loose earth which was lying near to extinguish the flames.
Nearly all his clothing was destroyed, and every particle of his hair and beard was singed off. He was badly burned about the head, neck and face, and the upper part of the body.
On Thursday he was not expected to survive. The two men received burns on the arms and hands……
…………Fawn died five days after this report.
HOLBEACH MAN RICHARD LINCOLN KILLED AND MUTILATED
Burial number 3535:Lincoln is buried in row 43 plot Pof the unconsecrated section. He was buried on 28thMarch 1896 aged 30 years
Lincolnshire Free Press31stMarch 1896
A shocking accident happened at Spalding railway station, on Wednesday night, whereby a young man named Richard Lincoln, 30, a poulterer, of Holbeach, was run over and killed. The deceased, in company with others, was returning from Lincoln Races, and in an interval, between the arrival of the Lincoln express, and the departure of the train for Holbeach, he left his companions and crossed over the metals into the goods yard, and apparently, whilst returning to the platform, he was struck by some trucks which were being shunted, and knocked down and killed. He, however, was not missed at the time, and it was not until after six o’clock on Thursday, that he was found between two cattle trucks dead. His injuries were of such a terrible nature, that in all probability they had occasioned instant death, the body being terribly mutilated…………….
……The body was found between two cattle wagons, lying on the near side of the potato siding, with the face tight up to the side of a wheel of one of the trucks, and his right shoulder close under the wheel. His bowels were protruding, and what appeared to be his liver was lying in portions close by. The deceased was fully dressed, with the exception of a cap. There were indications close to of someone having gone there to ‘relieve nature’…..
……P.C.Hardy said that he searched the body of the deceased, and found upon him £6 13s in money. The deceased braces were unfastened and his waist belt was around his neck. Dr.Byham said he viewed the body of the deceased… there was a large wound completely severing the abdominal wall through which the bowels were protruding. There was a fracture of eight or nine ribs, and the shoulder joint on the left side, and the breastbone were crushed in. There was also a fracture of the back of the skull. Death would probably have been be instantaneous. The injuries were such as he would expect from a person being run over by a railway truck. He did not think there was any truth in a rumour that the body had been gnawed by dogs. A verdict of ‘accidentally killed’ was returned.