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Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser Wednesday 12 Apr 1905
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THE DROWNING CASE AT MILVERTON.
THE RECENT DROWNING CASE.
An inquest was held in the Victoria Reading-room on Saturday week, by Mr. T. Foster BARHAM, the coroner for West Somerset, on the body of Charles FOURACRE, aged 67, a labourer, living in North-street, Milverton who was found drowned on the previous Thursday. Mr. Levi SHATTOCK was chosen foreman of the jury.
Mrs. Matilda FOURACRE, widow of the deceased, stated that deceased was a labourer, and 67 years of age. On Thursday morning, about 5.30, he partly dressed and went downstairs. As he did not return she became anxious, and as she could not find him she called her children, who made a general search for him. He had been unwell for over a year, and latterly talked and worried about a daughter who had been taken to the asylum.
William TANNER, a young man living in North-street, Milverton, by occupation a coachman, deposed that he joined in the search for the deceased, and on Thursday afternoon about three o'clock he, with the aid of a stick, pulled out from underneath a culvert by the stream at the Milverton Railway Station what proved to be the body of deceased. When the body could be seen the face was downwards. He could not say whether the deceased was drowned at this point or higher up the stream.
Dr. TURNER, of Wiveliscombe, stated that FOURACRE had been under his care on several occasions during the past two years, he having suffered from consumption and nervous debility. He had noticed nothing wrong with his mental condition, but the deceased was depressed and melancholy. He never had occasion to think the deceased would take his life. The body was in an emanciated condition, caused by the disease from which he had suffered.
The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased drowned himself whilst of unsound mind.
Deceased was a member of the Wiveliscombe Court of Foresters, and years ago worked as a gardener for the late Mrs. PHILLIPS, at Bartletts. He leaves a widow, several grown-up sons and daughters, and one girl at school, to mourn their loss. - The funeral took place at Milverton Churchyard on Monday afternoon, the Rev. G. C. PEAKE (curate) officiating.
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