Denaby Suicide – Low Sprited Youth Cuts his throat

September 1922

Mexborough and Swinton Times, September 16.

A Denaby Suicide


A low spirited youth Cuts his Throat.

At the Fullerton Hospital, Denaby, last night (Thursday), Mr Frank Allen held an inquest on Thomas Andrew (22), of 19 Balby Street, Denaby Main, who died on Thursday after having been found with his throat cut.

Thomas Andrew stated that his son was formerly a colliery pony driver, but had not worked for seven years. He had had two accidents, and witness thought they had affected his mind.

He heard that his son had attempted to commit suicide on Tuesday morning. He took him to the hospital. Deceased had his throat cut, and was attended by Dr Ford. He died on Tuesday night. About nine o’clock

Witness had never known him to threatened suicide, but he had been depressed since his mother died two months ago.

Effie Wagstaff, 80 Firbeck Street, stated that she acted as housekeeper for the previous witness. It was at 19 Balby Street, and at about 12.45 on Tuesday she found him sitting on the sofa with his throat cut, and a table knife on the table. Diseased was able to speak and said “I ought not to have done it.”

She once sent for Dr Ford, and the police.

Dr Ford stated he had attended deceased for about eight years. He was unable to get far from the house, and was depressed in consequence. He was troubled with heart disease and had other ailments, and when witness called upon him, about 11:30pm on Tuesday, he had difficulty in getting his breath and was low spirited.

When he saw him later at about 1.15 it was to find that he had a cut about 3 inches long in his throat. He dressed the wounds and had deceased removedto hospital but, although no vital artery was severed, death followed from shock.

The coroner returned a verdict of “suicide whilst insane”

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