Inquest into death of William Keyworth
Inquest held at The Royal Oak Inn on Thursday November 19th 1903 by the Nottingham District Coroner into the death of William Keyworth, 69, labourer of Radcliffe who was killed on Wednesday morning through the running away of a horse of which he was in charge. Elizabeth, the widow having given evidence of identification.
Peter Breedon of Radcliffe, said that he was standing on the station bridge and witnessed the accident. The deceased was in charge of a horse and cart
coming from a field by the side of the railway to reload with manure at the station and he was standing in front of the cart with his feet on the shafts. The horse bolted down the hill after a train passed under the bridge. It ended up in the direction of the church gates. Because he was standing outside the cart he had little or no control over the animal.
Another witness Samuel Dyson Parr, said when the cart passed his shop the deceased was in a kneeling position on the shafts and clinging with both hands to the front board of the cart. The horse collided with a lamp post and the deceased was jammed between the lamp post and the cart.
He was killed almost instantaneously.
Mr Keyworth was employed by Thomas Barratt, a local nurseryman and market gardener. The horse had previously ran away and the coroner advised that the horse in question should not be worked again in Radcliffe anywhere near the railway. The Jury recorded a verdict of accidental death.
William Keyworth was married to Elizabeth and in 1901 they had 2 children living with them, Alice a domestic servant and Alfred. They lived in Royal Oak Cottages and he is recorded as a farm labourer. Prior to them coming to the village they had lived on Wolds Farm in Cropwell Bishop; William was employed as a farm labourer in 1891, they had an elder daughter Gertrude living with them at that time.
Elizabeth sued Thomas Barratt and obtained £150 with costs. However Thomas applied to the Insurance Company to indemnify him. The company disputed their liability. It went to the high court.
The case related to the Workmen’s Compensation Amendment Act 1900 and the insurance company said that they only considered themselves liable if the accident took place on the employer’s premises. This accident happened 300 yards from the employer’s premises.
A decision by the Lord Chief Justice said that the employer was entitled to be indemnified for the compensation.
William was buried in Radcliffe cemetery but there is no headstone so we have been unable to locate his grave.