Denaby Tragedy – Hemsworth Painter Drowned

June 1915

Mexborough & Swinton Times, June 5, 1915

Hemsworth Painter Drowned
A Denaby Tragedy

At the Denaby Main Hotel, yesterday (Thursday) Mr. Frank Allen and a jury enquired into the death of Joseph William Maude aged 41, a foreman painter, of Levillo Mount, Rotherham Road, Hemsworth’s whose body was taken from the river Don near the railway station at Denaby on Wednesday.

The evidence showed that the deceased was at work with some other men who were erecting some scaffolding under the railway bridge which spans the river at that point.

He lost his balance and fell from a plank into the water.

His mates were unable to assist him, and it was half an hour before the body was recovered by the lock keeper with a boat hook, life was an extinct.

The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”