Drowned Whilst Drunk – Denaby Man’s Death After a Day Out

January 1907

Mexborough and Swinton Times January 26, 1907

Drowned Whilst Drunk.
Denaby Man’s Death After a Day Out.

An inquest was held at the Reresby Arms. Denaby, on Wednesday, by Mr F. K. Parker, deputy coroner, with reference to the death of George Henry Amos Ashman, aged 30 years, of 61, Cliff Street, Denaby, whose body was found in the River Don at Conisbrough on Tuesday morning.

According to the information given to the police, deceased left home in good spirits, about 10:30 a.m. on the 19th. He went, in company with George Oliver, of 12, Stafforth Terrace, New Conisbrough, to Sheffield, where the two visited several public houses, returning to Conisbrough about 10:45 p.m.deceased was then very drunk, and he refused to go home.

He went staggering down some fields towards the River Don, and was not seen again until his body was found by Frederick William Eyre, lock keeper of Denaby, on Tuesday.

Deceased wife, George Oliver, Eyre, the lock keeper, and P. E. Brearley gave evidence, which were about these circumstances, and the journey returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased was found drowned, and that he got into the water while intoxicated, but there was no evidence to show whether accidentally or not.