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Benjamin Bowen
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Buried: 3 February 1923
Age: 62
Grave No: C85
Notes: Also buried in C85, Phoebe Doris Bowen, buried 27 February 1912
The circumstances relating to the death of Benjamin Bowen (62), of 24 George Street, Saltaire, who accidentally fell from the roof of a house in Spencer Street, Keighley, on 13 January, were inquired into at an inquest held at Keighley on Tuesday. After the accident, Bowen was removed to hospital. The district coroner, Mr Edgar Wood, returned a verdict to the effect that Bowen accidentally fell from the roof of a house and sustained injuries which set up pneumonia and resulted in his death. James Haste of 21 Hall Lane, Windhill, a mason’s labourer, said he came to Keighley on 13 January with Bowen. They were employed by C Murgatroyd and Sons of Bradford and were going to work at the Queen’s Hotel. The work was not ready for them and Bowen
told the witness to get some stuff together and go with him to Spencer Street to put on two slates. The witness did not know whether Murgatroyd told Bowen to do the work in Spencer Street. Bowen got through the attic window and as the witness got through the window Bowen was moving the ladder and it slipped and he rolled off the slates into the yard below. There was ice on the top of the slates. The morning was frosty and slippery. Alfred Pike of 41 Spencer Street, Keighley, said he asked Bowen’s advice as to rain coming through the roof and asked him to look at it. Bowen examined the roof and said he could do
the job in ten minutes if he had the materials. The witness left the matter entirely in Bowen’s hands. The coroner asked: “You didn’t in any way engage Murgatroyd’s to do the work; it was a sort of private matter between you?” Witness: “Yes.” Coroner: “Did you engage him on behalf of his firm?” Witness: “I put it this way: he said he could do it in ten minutes if he had the stuff there and I didn’t press when he should come or anything.” Dr Scott said the man sustained a compound fracture of the nose, compound fracture at the base of the skull, simple fracture of the right femur, a simple comminuted fracture of the right ankle and bruises. The pneumonia which set in was a sequence to the injuries. Shipley Times & Express 2 February 1923
“Bowen got through the attic window and as the witness got through the window Bowen was moving the ladder and it slipped and he rolled off the slates into the yard below.”