Suicide at Waltham New Town

Hertfordshire Mercury, 8th June 1912


On Tuesday evening, Thomas Jenkins, a nursery hand, of 12 Albert Road, Waltham New Town, committed suicide by cutting his throat. He had been ill for a long time and had recently returned from a convalescent home. He resumed work on Monday, and on Tuesday evening asked his wife to post a letter and fetch him some cigarettes. Mrs Jenkins did so, and on returning found her husband lying in the front bedroom bleeding profusely from a wound at his throat, while a knife was close by. Medical assistance was summoned, but the man expired in a few minutes. The body was removed to the mortuary to await an inquest, which was held on Thursday evening by Mr P. R. Longmore (deputy coroner), when Dr Best stated that the man had severed the windpipe and the large blood vessels. A verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind was returned.

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