Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Saturday 06 March 1920
Unknown Man’s Suicide at Denaby.
The inquest on the unknown man who was drowned in the Canal at Mexborough, on Wednesday, was held yesterday, and a verdict of “Suicide while of unsound mind” was returned.
It was stated that deceased, who was a heavy drinker, often stayed at the lodging-house, in Simpson’s Place, Mexborough, where he went under the name of Robert Clarke. He visited the lodging-house on Wednesday morning, and after an injury to his foot had been dressed, he went out to get some money to pay for the room he had ordered.
He was seen on the Canal landing-stage, near the Denaby Colliery, about 2.30, and a witness, Thomas Brindley, watched him twice walk towards the water, and afterwards slip in feet foremost. Deceased had 6 ½ d. in his possession.