Coroner’s inquest. On Tuesday an inquest was held at the Roman Urn, Cheshunt, on view of the body of George Hobby, a policeman.
Edward Meredith, of Cheshunt, examined: I am a Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police; the deceased was a Private Constable in the same force; he was about 39 years old. I’d made arrangements to go to Gravesend with him, and he came to my house about 7.30 this morning the purpose of accompanying me; he came into my house and I told him to take a chair; he did so and I then observed to him something about our coats, in a joke, he made a short answer, and then his head dropped a little on one side; I then looked at him again, and I observed a great change in his countenance; I took hold of him, and got some vinegar and water, and I think that in less than a minute after he died.
I sent for medical assistance immediately; he had not been in my house four minutes before he died; he had been unwell, and had been under treatment for the disease of the heart, but not so unwell as to leave duty, we were going on a pleasurable excursion; he had been on duty part of the preceding night. I saw him between one and two early this morning; he then appeared as well as usual; he had been in the force about 17 years; he was married and had one child.
William Trollope, assistant to Mr Beaumont, surgeon, of Cheshunt, stated that death was caused by disease of the heart.
Verdict-“Died by the visitation of God.”