Boy killed by horse kick

Leeds Mercury
Wednesday 3 July 1907


Mr P P Maitland held an inquest at Wrenthorpe, near Wakefield, yesterday, on the body of George Amos Minter, aged 10, son James Minter, miner, Bragg Lane End. On Monday noon the lad was flying his kite, and he ran backwards into a horse, which kicked him on the head and broke his neck. The mother alleged that the owner of the horse allowed the animal to roam about, and he had been warned that if he did not get rid of it, it would killing somebody. The owner, however, denied this, and said the horse was very quiet. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

Soldier who stepped off moving train

The sad case of a First World War soldier who stepped off a moving train in the East Riding. His possessions contained a Wrenthorpe address.

Yorkshire Evening Post
Saturday 20 November 1915


There was tragic occurrence the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway line near Goole, last night, a private soldier, William Westwood, 17291, B Company, 3rd Batt K0YLI, stationed Hull, stepping out of a moving train and being instantly killed.

According to a statement made to the police by Ernest Barton, a goods porter, of Goole, who travelled in the same compartment, the deceased joined the 8.10 p.m. train at Wakefield, and before leaving was in conversation with two women on the platform, both whom he kissed and bade “good night”.

When the train moved off he immediately sat in a corner of the compartment, where he remained with his head between his hands, practically throughout the journey. He did not speak to Burton. When the train was about a mile from Goole and travelling at top speed Westwood suddenly stood up, and without a moment’s hesitation, opened the carriage door and disappeared.

Barton, who had had no time to stop him, at once pulled the communication chain, and when the train was stopped and a search made, Westwood was found dead on the metals, bleeding from a long and deep wound on the head.

Among his possessions the address “Wheel Hill, Bragg Lane End, near Wrenthorpe”, and a return ticket from Wakefield Hull.

According later particulars obtained from Goole, this afternoon, the tragic occurrence happened as the train was near the engine shed at Airmyn. Westwood, it was stated, had asleep, and, suddenly waking up, he jumped from his seat, opened the carriage door, and walked straight out. The whole thing happened so quickly that the other occupants of the carriage had no time to interfere.

It may be, of course, that the man, on suddenly awakening, jumped to the conclusion that he had reached his destination, and, without further thought, got out, believing he would step on to the station platform.

Westwood’s battalion is stationed at Newlands, Hull. His home is at Eastmoor, Wakefield. He was a married man.

The body was taken to Goole to await an inquest.

An inquest at Goole on 22 November returned a verdict of accidental death. He is buried at Wakefield Cemetery.


‘Spanish juice water’

York Herald
Saturday 21 October 1843


On Sunday last some little boys were playing together at Potovens, when two of them, called William Spawforth and James Wood, the one aged 12 years the other 10 years, produced a liquid in a small bottle, which they called Spanish juice water, and poured some of it down Francis Lumb’s throat. They let other boys taste it, but Lumb was the first. Immediately on Lumb swallowing it he screamed violently and ran home. On further inquiry it appeared that the lad Spawforth’s grandmother having left home for the day, he took the opportunity of searching her cupboard for a file, when a playfellow who was with him, found a bottle containing oil of vitriol used for dyeing silks, which he tasted, and finding that it blistered his lips offered it to other lads apparently for a joke, telling them it was Spanish juice water. The unfortunate deceased, more confiding than the rest, swallowed a small quantity, and although every effort was used to destroy the effect of the poison, he died about half past ten o’clock the following morning. Deceased was about five years of age and the son of a coal miner named Whitaker Lumb. The two lads Spawforth and Wood were apprehended and remained in custody till the termination of the coroner’s Inquest, when a verdict being returned of “Died from taking Oil of Vitriol, not knowing what it was”, they were liberated.