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Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, October 28, 1911


A fatality, occurred at the Lilleshall Company's Freehold Pit, St. George's, on Monday, when George Wolley, Booth's Cottages, Priorslee, was killed by a large fall of roof.

Mr. Coroner Lander opened the inquest on the body on Tuesday at St. George's, and remarked that it was another of those sad accidents which unfortunately could not be avoided. He propsed that day to take only formal evidence of identification, and adjourn the inquiry,in order to give His Majesty's Inspector of Mines an opportunity to attend.

Mary Ann Woolley, wife of deceased, said that deceased was 34 years of age. He was an experienced collier, and had been accustomed to the work all his life. On Monday morning witness received a message that deceased had met with a serious accident. This was conveyed by Mr. Lane, one of the company's workmen, and witness was later told by her father that he was dead.

In reply to the Coroner, witness said that deceased had been employed as a staller, but she knew nothing of the accident. Previous to the accident witness added her husband had never complained of the work.

This was the only evidence taken, and the Coroner said that he felt sure that the jury would like to join with him in expressing their deepest sympathy with the wife and family in their bereavement. The inquiry was then adjourned until Wednesday next.


Submitted by Steve Dewhirst

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