A Commotion at an Inquest - Sheffield March 1936

The Manchester Guardian dated 19th March 1936 carried a report on the death of four year old THOMAS BAMFORD under  the title

BEREAVED FATHER AND LORRY DRIVER

"SCENE" AFTER INQUEST

A commotion occurred at the close of an inquest at Sheffield last night on a four year old child who had been knocked down and killed by a lorry

The mother of the child was heard to scream "Oh no, don't" and appeared to be trying to separate her husband and the lorry-driver who was on the floor. Officers approached the father and the Coroner Mr. J. Kenyon Parker said to them "You had better take that man away and look after him for a bit.". They escorted him to an adjoining room.

During the hearing of the evidence the father had interrupted a witness when she stated in her opinion the lorry driver Ernest Smith (18) of Doctor Lane Sheffield was not to blame for the accident.

The inquest was on Thomas Bamford of Selborne Street Sheffield. Two independent witnesses said Smith was not to blame and in his summing up the Coroner said that on the evidence he did not think he could be blamed for anything.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded

Selborne Street - the road where the Bamford family lived at the time of the accident

The day following the newspaper report young Thomas was buried in Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery

BAMFORD, Thomas (son of Cyril, age 4).
Died at Childrens Hospital; Buried on March 20, 1936 in Roman Catholic ground;
Grave Number 202, Section NN of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, J E W Hewitt: Removed from Sheffield Parish

Twenty years later his distraught father CYRIL was buried next to his young son

BAMFORD, Cyril (Labourer, age 67).
Died at City General Hospital; Buried on January 25, 1956 in Roman Catholic ground;
Grave Number 202, Section NN of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

The final person to join them was Thomas's mother EDITH.

BAMFORD, Edith (28 Selbourne Street Retired, age 75).
Died at Northern General Hosp; Buried on September 8, 1972 in Roman Catholic ground;
Grave Number 202, Section NN of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.

It seems as though EDITH never left Selborne Street

Notes

Marriages Sep 1929
Bamford Cyril Edith Bird Sheffield Volume 9c Page 1481
 

Sources

The Manchester Guardian dated 19th March 1936

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