Mexborough and Swinton Times, July 9.
Conisbrough Miners Tragic End.
At an inquest on William Thornton (38), a miner of 23 Ivanhoe Road, Conisbrough, whose body was recovered from the canal at Mexborough on Wednesday morning, a verdict of “found drowned” was returned.
Deceased, who was a widower, and lodged for about 12 months with Mrs Holland, who last saw him alive on Saturday. He was in good health and spirits. He set off to go to Mexborough, taking the latch key within, saying that he would be back that night.
Matthew Hopson, 16, Simpsons place, Mexborough, said he spoke to deceased in the early hours of Sunday morning stop deceased was then apparently in his usual condition.
He set off for home, and said he would come over and see witness again on Tuesday.
The body was recovered by John Bisby, the lock keeper.