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Terrible shooting at farm

A distressing shooting accident occurred at Woodgate, Moulton Chapel.

Mary Elizabeth Forth (19) was shot dead by her brother, an inquest heard.

The first witness was the deceased’s father, William Forth, a farm foreman for Mr Cartwright, of Long Sutton.

He gave evidence of identification and stated that he last saw his daughter about four o’clock on the afternoon of her death.

There was a gun in his house which was used for scaring birds.

George William Forth (17), son of the last witness, said he lived with his parents. On that night, he got the gun out about eight o’clock to shoot a hawk that was in the stackyard.

He loaded the gun and got the cap on. He was going out of the back door and was holding the gun barrel. He had loaded the gun in the kitchen and was turning to go out when the gun went off.

He knew his sister was in the house somewhere, but did not know exactly where.

The result of the gun going off was that it blew through the doorway into the room. His sister then came out of the room to him. She said: “Oh! George!”. He caught hold of her as she was going out the back door; she collapsed and fell on the asphalt outside. There was no one else in the house at the time.

The foreman of the jury asked if the gun was empty when it was picked up. In reply, the witness said the cock was up and his finger was not against the trigger.

Lawrence Hardy Gray, a farmer, of Moulton Chapel, said that he heard the gun, got on his bicycle and heard a scream.

A message was sent to Dr Bone, who was at Moulton Seas End, and he got to the house about 9.30, where he found Miss Forth lying on her back, covered with a sheet, quite dead.

A verdict of ‘death from misadventure’ was recorded.


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