Youth Struck by Lightning

May 1873

Sheffield Telegraph, May 5th, 1873

Youth Struck by Lightning

On Saturday afternoon, about two o’clock, a youth 16 years of age, named Wraith, whilst on his way home from the Denaby Main Colliery, was suddenly struck by lightning, which first struck the side of his neck, and passing down the right side of his body, burn the skin from his back, side, and right foot.

He fell senseless, and lay for a few minutes apparently dead. A man walking immediately in front of him was brought to his knees by the shock, but not being seriously hurt, ran off towards home as fast as his legs would carry him.

On being conveyed home the unfortunate youth lay for some time in a delirious condition, suffering the most excruciating pain. Medical aid was at once procured, and hopes are entertained of his recovery.

He was employed as a horse driver in the Denaby Main Colliery, and at the time of the accident had a chain around his body.