Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser Friday 18th February 1910
INQUEST AT CROFT
Mr. F. H. Jones, deputy coroner, held an inquest on Friday afternoon, at the Plough Inn, regarding the death of Edward Monoghan, of Heath Lane, Croft, whose body was found on Thursday morning in a pit on the farm occupied by Mr. James Thomason, Heath Lane.
Mr. Cawthorne was appointed foreman of the jury.
The first witness called was Jane Monoghan, widow of the deceased, who deposed that her husband was 40 years of age, and was a coachman in the employ of Mr. E. W. Sankey, Heath Farm.
EDWARD MONOGHAN, Coachman of Croft
The deceased had been in bad health for some time and had been medically attended by Dr. Sephton. He had been off his work from the 4th January till a few days ago. He had been very much troubled with pains in the head, and had remarked that if they did get better he would make an end of himself, but she did not think he was in earnest when he said that. She last saw him alive on Thursday morning, when he left to go to his work.
John Ingham, employed by Mr. J. Thomason, farmer, said about eight o’clock on Thursday morning he saw the body lying face downwards in a pit close to the farm buildings. He informed his master. F. C. Butler, who was sent for, was quickly on the spot, and the body was at once recovered, but life was found to be extinct.
The jury returned a verdict of ‘Suicide while in an unsound state of mind.’ The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at St. Lewis R.C Church. In addition to the relatives etc., the fellow workmen of the deceased employed by Mr. E. W. Sankey preceded the body to the churchyard, and after the funeral ceremony placed upon the grave a costly artificial wreath bearing the following inscription: “A token of respect from his employer and fellow workmen at Heath Farm, Croft.” Mrs. Monoghan is left with seven young children.
A sad story indeed. I visited St. Lewis Church to photograph the grave but I was unable to locate it. Sadly, as with all older graves, there are some which are sunken and/or have fallen.
Cheyvonne Bower is a local historian with a passion for the past. A member of Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society and The Society for One-Place Studies.