A sad death, indeed

Hertfordshire Mercury, 3rd August 1918


Henry Knight (46), a baker, residing at 13 New Road, Ware, committed suicide by drowning himself in the River Lea on Wednesday.  He had been in a depressed state of mind for some time owing to his wife having been taken away to the asylum.  He lived alone with his son, Horace Henry Knight, who missed him when he rose on Wednesday morning.  On going downstairs, he found a note on the table in his father’s handwriting saying “Good-bye, my dear old boy.  God bless you.  Your broken-hearted Dad.  Don’t fret.”

The body was found in the water by Joshua Metcalf, of Priory Street, who was walking along the towing-path at the rear of Ware Priory at 9.30 in the morning and, with the assistance of Police Constable Hyatt, took the body to the mortuary.  At the inquest held on Tuesday before the District Coroner, Mr Philip Longmore,  Dr A.J. Boyd said that the cause of death was drowning , and he added that he had recently attended the deceased who was suffering from melancholia and insomnia.

A verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind was returned.

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