COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT
Dr George Barr, practising in Newport, examined the body which was lying in a shed at the Cement Mills. Although his attention was drawn to the deceased pocket handkerchief, his opinion was that deceased was stunned by the fall and never recovered consciousness. His opinion was that the injury to the brain caused by the fall led to gradual bleeding to death. The Coroner in summing up the evidence, said it was a most unfortunate accident; at the same time there was nothing in the evidence to show that any blame could be imputed to anyone. The Foreman of the jury raised the problem of Broken Bridge, a point in the footpath at which, when the tide was rendered impassable and people were positively forced on to the railway. He also suggested that the bridge be boarded to prevent further accidents. The Coroner said as to Broken Bridge he would see the case was represented to the proper authorities who were liable to repair the road in question. As the bridge was private property the Coroner stated that he had no power to order it be boarded, but he hoped Mr Simmonds would bring the recommendation before the directors of the company.
The deceased leaves a widow and seven children. The widow came to the Island to attend the funeral, which took place on Monday (13th) at Northwood cemetery. Four workmen from the Cement Mills acted as bearers. The bereaved wife and the crew of the Queen of the South wish to express through our columns their heartfelt gratitude to all the kind friends at the Cement Mills for the kindly assistance most opportunely rendered in a sore hour of need.
The gravestone of William Pengilly. This is directly behind the memorial to “Little Don”.