A Whit-Monday Carouse and its Consequence - Charles Straw Sheffield 1896

In October 2015 the Friends of Walkley Cemetery were working in Section B of the Cemetery when they cleared the grave of the Straw family. The burial record was as follows

B645

STRAW Charles Edmund 3 Jun 1896 Attercliffe Canal 35y Thomas Smith (registrar was Dossey Wightman [coroner]) 

STRAW Annie Florence 8 Nov 1918 74 Bates St 35y GA Hillyar Russ STGS 

CROOKES Robert 22 May 1920 74 Bates St. 92y Sydney T.G. Smith 

CROOKS Eugenia 28 Feb 1934 The Royal Infirmary 73y J.E. Hodgson? 

STRAW Ethel May 23 Jan 1953 7 Carrville Rd. West 64y C.W. Fulljames (died 19 Jan)


B645, MI [damaged stone]

In memory of / CHARLES EDMUND

husband of EUGENIA STRAW / died May 25th [18]96 aged 35 years /

Also ANNIE FLORENCE daughter of the above / died Nov 1st 1918 aged 35 years /

Also ROBERT CROOKES / died May 18th 1920 aged 92 years /

Also the above EUGENIA CROOKES /

who died Feb 23rd 1934 aged 73 years /

Also ETHEL MAY beloved wife of /

CHARLES WALTER STRAW /

who died Jan 19th 1953 aged 64 year

Photo taken July 2014

The phrase "Attercliffe Canal 35y Thomas Smith (registrar was Dossey Wightman [coroner])" certainly was intriguing and so I searched the newspapers of the period and found the following reports. The first is from The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated Wednesday 3rd June 1896

Bacon Lane Bridge, Sheffield - Dave Pickersgill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated Wednesday 3rd June 1896 carried this report

FELL INTO THE CANAL

Mr D Wightman, coroner, held an inquest at the Mortuary, Plum Lane yesterday on the body of Charles Edmund Straw 35 years file cutter of 74 Bates Street who was found drowned in the canal on the 29th ult. Deceased left home on Whit-Monday about four o' clock to go into the town. He was quite sober at the time. It appears that he called for a nephew called Frederick Harrison and after stopping at several public houses reached Attercliffe. They steayed at the house of some relations until midnight and then started for home, the deceased then being intoxicated. When near Attercliffe Road bridge his nephew bid him goodnight and left the deceased alone. He seems to have walked towards the canal and dropped in. He was never seen again until last Saturday when a furnace-man called Arthur Riley saw abody floating in the water about 20 yards from Beighton (sic Bacon) Lane bridge - The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned"     

Charles was buried the day after the inquest

Bacon Lane Bridge, Sheffield - Photo courtesy of Shane Rounce

Sources

The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated Wednesday 3rd June 1896

The Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated Wednesday 3rd June 1896

Friends of Walkley Cemetery

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