Skip to main content

Saturday 25 April 1891 – Richard Knight fatally injured at Eccles

Category Badsey and Aldington
Evesham Standard
Transcription of article


An accident which terminated fatally happened to a man named Richard Knight (26), a native of Badsey, at Eccles, on Monday of last week.  Deceased was a son of Mr Richard Knight, a market gardener, at Badsey.  He left home seven months ago, and has since been employed as a labourer at the Ship Canal Works.  At the inquest it was stated that on Monday week he was at work in the Eccles cutting and endeavoured to pass between the boiler end of a working steam “navvy” and the face of some rock, when he was caught between the framework on which the boiler stood and was severely crushed by the moving of the “navvy” against the rock.  No warning was given to the deceased when the steam navvy began to work, the men being supposed to look after themselves.  H was taken to the Ship Canal Hospital, where it was found that eight of his ribs were broken and the fractured bones had penetrated the lungs.  He died from his injuries on Wednesday.  A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.  The body was brought to Badsey, where the funeral took place on Sunday, a large number of friends being present.