The Death of a Sheffield Policewoman - May 1936

This report appeared in the Sheffield Telegraph dated Saturday 9th May 1936 

The Western Morning News dated 9th May 1936 carried a similar report into Morag's death but referred to it as a "mystery".  

The interesting point to note at the adjourned inquest was the question put to Dr James Clark by Chief Superintendent Bristow. He asked if the death could have been caused by taking a large quantity of aspirin but Dr Clark whilst not dismissive was cautious in his reply. He stated that the condition of Miss Lamont's body suggested "some form of poisoning" - it was a "peculiar colour" and one you would not associate with an overdose of aspirin.

When the Inquest was resumed there was a surprise. The Western Morning News dated 22nd May 1936 carried this report which stated that after analysis Morag had died from an overdose of aspirin. The verdict of "suicide during a fit of depression" was returned.   

This verdict seems to me to contradict the evidence that was given at the inquest. When Morag returned home to Glasgow on 1st May and went back to Sheffield two days later, she seemed to be "happy and cheerful." There was no indication that Morag had haboured suicidal thoughts before then. And in the letters that Morag's mother received on Thursday 7th May 1936, the day of her daughter's death, there was no expression at all of being depressed. And no note was found at the scene.

The Coroner was in no doubt that the Sheffield police had acted correctly in terminating Morag's employment with the force. He had been informed of the circumstances surrounding the dismissal and thought that it would be preferable to keep them out of open court.

Morag was returned to her home town of Glasgow and is buried in Craigton Cemetery. 


Sheffield Telegraph dated 9th May 1936

Western Daily News dated 9th May 1936

Western Morning News 22nd May 1936

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