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Accidents 1900 - 1909
Rushden Echo, 29th June 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins

An Unpleasant Accident befell Mr F Roads, steward to Mr H Sartoris, in the Rushden Hall grounds on Saturday. While giving directions as to the removal of some fallen timber in the avenue he struck at a branch with an axe to show where it was to be sawn through, but the blade of the axe glanced off and inflicted an ugly wound on Mr Roads’s leg. Fortunately the wound did not extend to the bone.

Rushden Echo, 6th July 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins

Run Over by a Timber Wagon
Last night, about 6 o’clock, a timber wagon was proceeding down Midland-road, when a little boy aged about 2 years, named Hart, somehow got under one of the front wheels. The driver pulled up before the wheel had gone right over the little fellow’s legs, and first-aid was rendered by two ambulance men. Subsequently the child was taken to Dr Owen’s surgery. No bones were broken.

Rushden Echo, 13th July 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Recent Accident—A few weeks ago we recorded an accident to Mr Roads, steward of the Sartoris estate. During the great storm several trees fell down in Mrs Sartoris’s grounds, and Mr Roads and others were sawing the wood so as to remove it out of the carriage way, when the saw slipped and went into Mr Roads’s leg, grazing the shin bone. Mortification, we regret to say, has now set in, and the patient is lying in a serious condition, though happily a slight improvement is now noticeable.

Rushden Echo, 31st August 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins

While Driving a Brewer’s Wagon on Rushden Hill, on Friday afternoon, a man named Charles Twelvetree fell off and injured his face. Privates J Jubb and W Parker, of the Ambulance Corps, assisted by Mr J Parker, took him home on the wheel litter.

Rushden Echo, 25th January 1901, transcribed by Kay Collins

Fall from a Scaffold—Yesterday two men employed by Mr. Marriott in the work of enlarging Messrs. Jaques and Clark’s factory in Station-road met with an accident. A plank upon which they were standing broke in half and they fell to the ground. One man, named King, escaped with a shaking, but his fellow-workman, named Sheffield, did not escape so lightly. Happily in his case no bones were broken. He was removed to his home in Westbourne-grove, Wellingborough-road, by Messrs. W. Bromage and J. Parker, members of the Ambulance Corps.

Northampton Mercury, 12th April 1901

Accident at the Railway Station—On Monday a serious accident occurred at the railway station. As a man named G W Perkins was engaged in shunting operations, he was knocked down, and the truck passed over his arm, severely crushing it. First-aid was effectively rendered by Private Abblett and members of the railway staff. Dr Owen and his assistant were also soon on the spot, and after attending to his injuries ordered his removal to the Northampton infirmary.

Rushden Echo, 31st May 1901, transcribed by Kay Collins

Serious Cycle Accident—A Rushden young man named George Frilby, met with a serious accident on Rockingham Hill on Wednesday afternoon. He was riding a free-wheel machine and the brake failed to act properly, the result being that Frilby was carried at a fearful pace down the hill and was at length thrown with great force. He was at once picked up and taken into the Sondes Arms, where it was found that his left arm was broken, his face cut about and it was almost unrecognisable, and other parts of his body severely lacerated. He was subsequently taken to Kettering General Hospital, and is, we hear, going on well.

Rushden Echo, 31st May 1901, transcribed by Kay Collins

Trap AccidentMessrs. Burfield, of Upper Queen-street, Rushden, were on Saturday driving down the hill between Higham and Irthlingborough when the axletree of the trap broke in the middle, with the result that the occupants of the vehicle were thrown on to the road. The horse became entangled in the harness and the shafts of the trap, which was a fortunate circumstance, as otherwise the animal would doubtless have rushed at a terrific pace down the hill. As it was, the animal received some slight injuries, the harness was broken, and the men were severely shaken but happily not otherwise hurt. The cart was a new trap, and this was the first time it had been used.

Rushden Echo, 28th June 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson

A serious trap accident happened about 2 o’clock on Monday, at the junction of Station Road and Midland Road. A nursery cart, containing Mr Pitt (the Rushden stationmaster), Mr Jelley, of Wellingborough, and his son, was being driven down Station Road, and when near Messrs Jaques & Clark’s factory the three were by some means or other thrown out, owing it is thought, to the breaking of a shaft. Mr Pitt and the younger Mr Jelley escaped lightly, but Mr Jelley sen, was not so fortunate. Besides a severe shaking, his head was badly cut, while he sustained other wounds on his face. Help was quickly forthcoming, and he was taken into the Rev J Crook’s house, close at hand, where his injuries were attended to. After resting there for some time he proceeded to Wellingborough by train.

Rushden Echo, 12th July 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson

A serious accident occurred about 11 o’clock last night on the Bedford Road just outside Rushden. Three or four young men from Raunds were cycling down the hill into Rushden when one of them collided heavily against a horse which was standing, unharnessed, in the road. The cyclist was thrown off his machine, being hurt somewhat seriously, and he was taken into one of the cottages near, Dr Baker being called in to attend to the injuries. One of the horse’s hind legs was broken and the bone was seen to be protruding through the skin. The animal belonged to Mr Moore and had been tethered in a field adjoining the Bedford Road, from which field it had escaped.

Rushden Echo, 16th August 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson

Trap Accident
Mrs Brown, of 42 North Street, Rushden, met with a serious accident yesterday afternoon while driving a pony and trap. When in High Street, near Mr G Miller’s shop, the pony stopped through a dog lying in the road. Mrs Brown whipped it up to start it again and the pony went off at such a speed that in turning Mr Ward’s corner into Newton Road the vehicle was overturned and Mrs Brown was thrown out, her head coming in contact with the wall in front of the Vestry Hall. Assistance was speedily forthcoming, and the injured lady was taken into Mrs Robinson’s shop, where she was seen by Dr Baker’s assistant. Fortunately, no bones were broken, but Mrs Brown’s head and face were severely cut and bruised and she had to be taken home in a cab by Mr Jas Sargent. The pony was uninjured, but one of the springs of the trap was broken.

Rushden Echo, 1st November 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson

As Miss Rogers, of Moor Road, was delivering milk on Saturday morning in Victoria Road, the shafts of the vehicle broke and she was thrown out. Happily she was not hurt, though the trap was injured.

Rushden Echo, 13th December 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson

A Runaway
On Monday morning a cob attached to a four-wheel truck belonging to Messrs Allen & Co, box makers, started from the factory and proceeded at a furious pace up the High Street, and turned down Church Street and along Alfred Street, where it collided with the ruins of Messrs Cave’s factory. Fortunately the horse was not hurt.

03 January 1902 - Northampton Mercury

SCAFFOLD ACCIDENTOn Monday morning as Charles Oliver, a foreman bricklayer, in the employ of Marriott, builder, Rushden, was at work on Mr. Corby’s factory, fell from scaffolding and received severe injuries his head Dr Baker was promptly attendance.

10 October 1902 - Northampton Mercury

ACCIDENT—On Wednesday a workman, named Holman, of Cromwell-road, Rushden, employed in the erection of cottages in Milton-street, while ascending a ladder, missed his hold and fell. He was conveyed home on an ambulance wheel litter, and was attended by Dr. Baker, who found that no bones were broken. Holman was, however, badly bruised and shaken.

The Wellingborough News, 16th May, 1902, transcribed by Jim Hollis

On Friday afternoon considerable alarm, but fortunately very little damage, was occasioned by the headlong career, through the heart of the town, of a horse and van. It appears that the driver of the horse, which belonged to Mr. H. W. Chapman, box manufacturer, was unloading goods at a factory near the Midland Station, and whilst he had entered the factory for a moment something startled the animal. It started at a rapid pace along the High-street, people scattering in all directions, and drivers of vehicles drawing quickly aside. When near the “Argus” Office the wheels of the van came in contact with the back of a trap, and two men were thrown out into the road, one alighting on his head, but both fortunately escaping without serious injury. A few yards further along, a trap belonging to Mr. Warren, butcher, was drawn out of the way, but someone attempted to stop the runaway, which caused it to swerve, the wheels catching the trap and throwing the pony clean out of the shafts on to the road. It proved, however, to be none the worse for the mishap. The horse safely rounded the turn into High-street South, and continued for some two miles along the Bedford-road, when it was stopped by Messrs. C. Robinson and Jackson, who had followed on bicycles. The animal was then driven back, apparently little the worse for its run.

Wellingborough News, 12th September 1902, transcribed by Kay Collins

A STRANGE EXPERIENCE—On Saturday evening a well-known inhabitant of Rushden had an experience which threatened grave consequences, but which, happily, ended without serious results. Mr. Thomas Wilmott, of Wellingborough-road, who formerly took an active part in the public life of the town, but has of recent years been partially disabled, went across Mr. Skinner's field, opposite his home, between seven and eight o'clock, for the purpose of watching the harvesters conclude their labour. For this purpose he left the path and crossed the field in the direction where he expected to rind them at work. Finding that they had left, he turned to retrace his steps, but after turning partially round he evidently swooned, for he remembered nothing further till he heard the church clock strike eleven, and felt himself somewhat chilly. At first his impression was that he had aroused from sleep at home, but the stubble around him gave him some idea of his position. Fortunately, a few sheaves of barley were lying not far from where he had fallen, and he managed to crawl to these, and rest upon them, covering himself up with others. Whether asleep or unconscious for the greater part of the time he could not say, but about seven o'clock on Sunday morning he felt that his leg was stronger, and raised himself by means of the sheaves and his crutch, soon being able to reach home. Meanwhile the anxiety caused by his absence had been very great, Mrs. Wilmott and two of his sons, and others, visiting every place that they could think of as likely to have been his destination. The path across the field in which he lay was actually searched, but as he was some distance from the path, and covered with the barley, he was not discovered in the darkness. Their relief on his appearance next morning can be better imagined than described. After resting during the day, Mr. Wilmott felt none the worse for his experience, and has since been able to get about in his usual health. The night, fortunately, proved fine, though a dense fog set in during the morning.

Rushden Echo, 19th December 1902, transcribed by Greville Watson

A Broken Leg
Rushden Man's Limb Broken by a Kick

On Saturday afternoon a man named William Whitney, living in Washbrook Road, Rushden, met with a painful accident which will incapacitate him from work for a time. It appears that Whitney and a man named Payne had arranged to go out in the afternoon with a driver named Reddington in order to try and break in a rather troublesome horse. All three took their seats in front of a four-wheel trolley at Messrs A Groome and Son’s works on Rushden Hill. Directly the driver touched the horse for a start, however, it kicked out, and caught Whitney on the right leg. He jumped to the ground at once, and in doing so doubtless added to his injury. Prompt first aid was given by PC Webster, and Messrs A Church, George Jubb, Wm Allen, and J Rogers, members of the Ambulance Corps, who also conveyed the sufferer to his home in Washbrook Road. Here his injuries were attended to by Dr Owen, who found that there was a compound fracture of the leg. The injury was attended to, and the man is progressing satisfactorily.

Rushden Argus, 27th March 1903, transcribed by Greville Watson

On Sunday afternoon, about 4.30, the force of the wind caused much damage to the temporary theatre erected in the field opposite the Queen Victoria Hotel, and threatened serious injury to several passers-by. The greater part of the roof was lifted off by the gale and carried over into the main road. Several heavy beams fell in close proximity to a group of young men passing at the time, whilst a quantity of debris was carried into Mr. Wing's garden, and even broke glass and slates at the house.

Rushden Argus, 3rd April 1903, transcribed by Greville Watson

ACCIDENT—As Mrs. Hodgkin, of Yelden, was passing by the new premises in course of erection in High-street, on Saturday, the boards which enclose the building were blown by the rough wind, and fell upon her with such force as to throw her to the ground. She sustained a severe blow upon the head in falling, and was also considerably shaken, but was able to proceed home later in the day. On Sunday, however, it was found necessary to summon Dr. Crew, of Higham, the shock having been of a serious nature.

Rushden Echo, 25th March 1904, transcribed by Kay Collins

AccidentMr J Wooding of Duck-street, a player for Rushden Fosse F.C., met with a nasty accident on Sunday morning while cycling near Barton Seagrave. For 2½ hours he lay unconscious. He was removed to Rushden in the evening.

Rushden Echo, 3rd June 1904, transcribed by Greville Watson

A boy named Dickens, living on the Wymington-road, had an exciting experience on Friday evening.  He was riding a horse with only a halter on up Church-street, and when against Mr. Darnell’s shop the horse got beyond the boy’s control and bolted up the street at full speed.  There were many people at the top of the street, as usual, but an alarm was given and the horse had a clear course.  The animal turned sharply up Newton-road, and, as it swerved, the boy Dickens was thrown off.  Help was quickly forthcoming and it was found that the lad had not been badly injured.  He sustained a cut on the forehead and sprained one hand, and these injuries were at once attended to by Private Ambridge of the Ambulance Corps, a pocket outfit Mr. Ambridge had with him proving very useful.

Rushden Echo, 17th June 1904, transcribed by Greville Watson

Yesterday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hooper, with their little grandchild Edna Bird, were driving along Newton-road when the pony shied at a piece of newspaper on the roadside.  All three were pitched out of the trap on to the road.  Mr. Hooper and the child escaped with a shaking, but unfortunately Mrs. Hooper did not get off so lightly.  Her face was cut a good deal about the mouth, and she was much bruised, though no bones were broken.  Mrs. Hooper was taken into Mr. B. Mortimer’s house, and was subsequently removed home.  She is now getting on very nicely.  The trap was not injured, nor was the pony hurt.

Rushden Echo, 8th July 1904, transcribed by Greville Watson

A startling incident occurred on Saturday morning last at the residence of Mr. Charles A. K. Green at the corner of Crabb-street and High-street South.  A domestic servant went to the gas stove with the object of warming some milk for the baby, and when she put a light to the gas an explosion occurred.  The door of the gas stove was blown off, and the windows of the kitchen were blown out.  The side of the girl’s face was burnt, but fortunately the injuries were not very serious.  Part of the ceiling was demolished.  Mr. and Mrs. Green were away at the time.

Rushden Echo, 8th July 1904, transcribed by Greville Watson


A Rushden Man’s Danger
A young man named Frank Clarke, son of Mr. C. Clarke, of Westbourne Terrace, Wellingborough-road, met with a serious accident while cycling.  He had been over to Finedon and, in order to get home before lighting-up time, came by the road leading past Ditchford station.  He did not think that the gates over the crossing would be closed and did not notice that they were until a few yards away.  When he saw the gates closed, he was unable to stop, having no brake on his machine, while there is a sharp descent in the road at this spot.  Clarke accordingly was obliged to run into the gates.  He struck his head with tremendous force against an iron bar on the gate and sustained a wound over seven inches long, the scalp of the front portion of his head being pushed back.  Help was forthcoming from the station and the injured young man’s head was bathed.  Strange to say, he felt no pain, and declined to be carried home.  He walked home, and the wound was stitched up by Dr. Baker.  For a few days afterwards he felt very ill, but is now progressing satisfactorily.

Rushden Echo, 9th September 1904, transcribed by Greville Watson

Mr. George Willis, of East-grove, Rushden, who is over eighty years of age, met with a nasty accident on Tuesday.  He was out driving a horse and cart when a miller’s waggon drawn by a traction engine passed him.  The engine frightened Mr. Willis’s horse, which bolted, and the occupant was pitched out of his trap, breaking two of his ribs and hurting his hand and elbow.  Notwithstanding his serious injuries, Mr. Willis walked home.  Dr. Bromilow was called in, and attended to the patient, who, though naturally suffering great pain, is doing as well as can be expected.

Rushden Echo, 21st October 1904, transcribed by Greville Watson

ACCIDENT–A serious trap accident occurred on the top of the hill on the Bedford-road, on Wednesday afternoon, to a man and two ladies who were riding to Rushden from Riseley.  By some means the horse stumbled, throwing out the occupants and breaking one of the shafts of the cart.  The man sustained only a bad shaking but the ladies were severely injured, one having a severe scalp wound and the other complaining of pains in the back and wrist.  Dr. Crew was soon on the scene, and recognising the serious nature of the wounds, asked a passing cyclist to summon for aid.  Inspector Onan and PC Marriott were soon in attendance, besides a trained nurse who was passing.  Mr. A. Abbott sent a brougham, in which the ladies were conveyed to Riseley.  Great aid was rendered by Mrs. Mabbutt and Leach.
Rushden Echo, 16th June 1905, transcribed by Kay Collins

AccidentMr R F Knight, of Rushden met with a nasty accident on Monday while playing for Northants Club and Ground v Druids. While fielding, he tried to save a boundary when he slipped on the track and severely hurt his right ankle. After receiving medical attention on the ground Mr Knight was removed to his home at Rushden, and it is not likely that he will be able play again for some time.

Rushden Echo, 16th June 1905, transcribed by Greville Watson

AccidentsMr G H Stevenson, of Griffith-street, met with a very painful accident on Saturday, whilst at work at Messrs Whitington and Tomlin's, Queen-street. He was engaged on the planing machine, when he unfortunately got both hands badly cut. He had previously lost all his fingers on one hand with the exception of one, and this one was now taken off. The accident was all the more deplorable as he had arranged to go to a new situation at St.Neots this week.

On Tuesday, a young man named Ernest Lawson, living in Queen-street, was opening a mineral water bottle by pushing down the stopper with his thumb, when the bottle broke, and the jagged edge cut an artery at his wrist. Dr Bromilow stitched up the wound.

The same day a man named Sears, also living in Queen-street, was found on the road to Lower Dean, suffering from a severe cut in the forehead, from which he had lost a quantity of blood. He had been to Staughton with a light trolley for a load of hay, and must have fallen from the vehicle. He was found lying in the road by a carter who came up directly afterwards. A number of cyclists also came up and one of these rode after the horse and trolley and brought them back. After his injuries had been attended to he was driven home on the trolley.

Rushden Echo, 23rd June 1905, transcribed by Greville Watson

Narrow Escape at Rushden
To-day, just after 12 o'clock, a serious accident was narrowly averted at the dangerous corner at the bottom of Newton-road near the Church. Mr G T Roch, of Northampton, who travels with yeast on a motor tri-car, came up Church-street and crossed over the High-street to go up Newton-road. Just at that moment a refuse cart, full of old tins, &c, being driven in the opposite direction, reached the corner. There appeared to be just room enough for the motorist to pass on his right side, but as the cart was being turned into the High-street the space narrowed accordingly.

Mr Roch, being under the impression, apparently, that the cart was going round by the Church, had kept on travelling until he reached the corner, and was only just able to pull up as he reached the cart. The result was that the car was jammed between the wheel of the cart and the kerbstone and narrowly escaped crashing into the pillar box at the corner. Fortunately, Mr Roch had jumped off just before the impact and was quite unhurt, whilst the motor was only slightly damaged.

The difficulties of the motorist in avoiding a collision were increased by the fact that a boy was passing between the cart an dthe pavement just before the cart turned.

Rushden Echo, 14th July 1905, transcribed by Greville Watson

Accident—"Flowing with milk," was a description which could fairly be quoted as applying to a portion of Park-road on Saturday. A horse attached to Mr Joyce's milk-cart was startled in Manton-road, and ran down into Park-road. It failed to negotiate the turn, and the wheel caught the kerb. The cart was overturned and the pavement was covered with milk, eggs, and butter. Fortunately, no one was hurt, though two boys had a narrow escape.

Rushden Echo, 21st July 1905, transcribed by Greville Watson

An accident happened on Wednesday afternoon to a horse and cart belonging to Mr Wright, baker. While Mr Wright was delivering bread to a house in Manton-road, the horse for some reason or another bolted down the street. In turning the corner into Park-road at a rapid rate, the horse and cart collided with the brick wall with terrific force. The wall, a nine-inch one, was knocked down for several yards. The horse was only slightly hurt, and the trap escaped injury. This is the second accident at this corner within the last week or two.

Rushden Echo, 2nd February 1906, transcribed by Greville Watson

Motor Accident
While riding home from work on a motor cycle on Tuesday evening, a young man named H Cooper met with a nasty accident. He lives in Denmark-road and was riding along Newton-road when he collided with a cart, the wheel of the motor getting jammed between the wheel and the body of the cart. Cooper was very heavily thrown and his head was badly cut and bruised. The sufferer was at once driven to Dr Baker's surgery by Mr W Packwood, jun., his injuries receiving skilful treatment.

Rushden Echo, 9th March 1906, transcribed by Kay Collins

Serious Accident at Rushden – Fall Through a Sky-light
While engaged in painting at the C.W.S. factory, Rushden, on Wednesday morning, a young man named Harry Kirby met with a nasty accident. Kirby, who is employed by Mr C Chamberlain, painter, was on the roof of the factory, when he slipped and tumbled heavily through a sky-light falling a distance of about 12 feet. He was severely cut by the broken glass and sustained serious bruises, but happily no bones were broken. Mr Endersby, factory foreman, was quickly on the spot and he fetched an ambulance man from the factory. A stretcher was obtained, and the sufferer was removed to his home.

Rushden Echo, May 1907, transcribed by Greville Watson

A startling explosion, happily unattended by any personal injury, occurred on Sunday morning at the residence of Mr J M Page, wheelwright, of High Street South. It appears that some silly youth or another threw a squib on Saturday night through a bedroom window at Mr Page's house, presumably thinking it was a good joke. This was about the time the torchlight procession was passing along the street. The squib, which was found in the bedroom, had apparently been discharged. Under the mistaken impression that it had been already let off, Mrs Page threw the squib into the fire on Sunday morning, in order to get it out of the way.

Directly afterwards there was a terrific explosion, the kettle and other utensils being hurled into the chimney corner, while some paper was set on fire. immediately the room was filled with smoke, and considerable excitement was caused, though fortunately no serious damage was done. Inquiries are now being made with a view to discovering a youth whose idea of fun is that of throwing fireworks into bedroom windows.

Rushden Echo, 13th September 1907, transcribed by Kay Collins

Last night Mrs Arthur Batchelar, of Higham-road, Rushden, sustained a nasty accident. She was crossing the Market-square, Higham Ferrers, when she was knocked down by a cyclist, and she had to be removed home in a bath-chair.

Rushden Echo, 13th March 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

Runaway Horse—Last night, between five and six o’clock, considerable alarm was caused in High-street by a horse belonging to Mrs. Corbett, and attached to a baker’s cart, running away. The baker had gone into a house to deliver bread, and the horse meantime became startled, and rushed along High-street towards the railway bridge at a furious rate. One of the shafts of the cart was broken, and the horse broke its leg.

Rushden Echo, 13th March 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

AccidentMr. Bass, of Denmark-road, and elderly man, had a fall in Park-road on Saturday. His head caught the kerbstone and was severely cut. Mr. J. W Crouch and another man, who was near, picked Mr. Bass up, and he was removed to his home. Dr. Bromilow attended to the injuries.

Rushden Echo, 9th October 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

Trap Accident—An accident happened yesterday week to a party of Rushden people who had driven over to Raunds. The party comprised Mr. C. Coleman, of Newton-road, who was driving, Mrs. T. Surridge, of Brookfield-road, Mrs. T. Surridge jun., and her baby, and Mrs. Woods. After visiting Mr. and Mrs. John Surridge, of Raunds, they set out on the return journey via Chelveston and Newton Bromshold. As they were turning round the Rushden Court estate corner the shaft of the four-wheel conveyance which they had hired came off, and the whole of the occupants were pitched out. The baby was slightly scratched, but otherwise was not hurt. Most of the other members of the party received bruises and scratches, and they were a good deal shaken. Mr. Packwood jun., of Rushden, was motoring at the time to Raunds, and he at once turned round and conveyed the injured people to their homes.

Rushden Echo, 13th November 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

Accident on the Football Field—Yesterday a youth named Ernest Freeman, who is in the employ of Mr. J. Bugby, fish merchant, had the misfortune to break his leg. He was playing as goalkeeper for the Alfred-street Old Scholars v Alfred-street Present Scholars, and, in kicking at the ball, fell heavily, with the result that his right leg was broken. The sufferer was removed to his home and Dr. Baker was called in. After attending to the injuries Dr. Baker advised the lad’s removal to the Northampton Hospital, and this was done.

Rushden Echo, 22nd January 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Remarkable Explosion—On Saturday evening people in the vicinity of High-street were startled by the loud report of an explosion. William Ward, plumber and glazier, was repairing a naptha lamp used for removing paint from doors, when it exploded. So serious was it that a window was shattered, and much other damage was done. Fortunately Mr. Ward escaped without injury.

Rushden Echo, 16th April 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Pane-ful Experience—On Easter Monday, at the entertainment being given by the Walturdaw Bioscope Co. at the Public Hall, Rushden, a small boy who was unable to see on account of the large audience which had assembled, was offered a seat on a man’s shoulder and was proceeding to climb to that elevation when by accident he put his head through one of the windows, completely smashing one of the big panes of glass, and causing much amusement. Luckily the youngster was more frightened than hurt.

Rushden Echo, 16th April 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Cycling AccidentMr. J. Eagle, of High-street South, met with an accident on Monday morning when cycling from Northampton, and had the misfortune to break his collar-bone. Just as he got near to the old gas works at Wellingborough and was cycling at a good pace down the hill,m with the wind behind him, he overtook a lad who was learning to ride a bicycle. Mr. Eagle rang his bell as a warning to the youth, who tried to turn and fell off his machine. To avoid a collision Mr. Eagle cycled on to the grass by the side of the road and his machine caught in a drain. Not only was Mr. Eagle injured but his machine was smashed.

Rushden Echo, 30th July 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Serious Accident befell Mr J Tomlin of the firm of Whittington and Tomlin carpenters, Rushden, on Monday. Mr Tomlin was working at a steam planeing machine when, unfortunately, he got his right hand in it, and his thumb and index finger were cut off. Medical aid was at once procured and the injuries attended to.

Rushden Echo, 30th July 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Accident to a Tripper—A girl named Emily Clarke, living on Rushden Hill, went to Skegness by the C.W.S. trip on Saturday. Venturing on a donkey she failed to keep her seat and in falling dislocated her knee. She was able to return to Rushden, where she was met by ambulance men and taken home.

Rushden Echo, 6th August 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Serious Accident at Rushden
Irthlingborough Lad Injured This Afternoon

This afternoon, shortly after half-past two o’clock, an Irthlingboro’ lad named T Wade, in the employ of the Central Machinery Co., Rectory-road, Rushden, met with an accident while working at the lathe. Nobody appears to have witnessed the actual occurrence but it is surmised that the sleeve of Wade’s coat must have caught in the machinery, thus dragging in his arm.

The result was that the muscles were torn away under the armpit, the lad’s mouth was badly torn and his chest and back bruised.

Nursing Sister Ladds and Private Compton of the St John Ambulance Association were called, and Dr Baker and Dr Greenfield’s locum tenens were soon on the scene and attended to the injuries.

On the advice of the doctors the injured lad was taken to Northampton Hospital by the 3.44 train, being conveyed to the station on the wheeled litter.

Rushden Echo, 27th August 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Accident – A boy named Sabey, son of the cemetery keeper, while playing in the gala held on Saturday with others, fell down, and one of his companions fell on the top of him, with the result that the lad’s collar bone was broken. He was taken to a doctor and the injuries were attended to.

Rushden Echo, 27th August 1909, transcribed by Peter Brown

ACCIDENT AT THE FETE—Just as Mr. E. Sanders, one of the mounted marshals at the cycle parade, was riding into the gala field, his horse was stung by a bee. The rider was dismounted, and the horse's hoof caught Mr. Sanders on the forehead. He was attended to by Private Ambridge, of the Ambulance Division, and was soon all right again, none the worse for the accident.

Rushden Echo, 3rd September 1909, transcribed by Peter Brown

Fall From A WindowMrs Webb, of 20 Washbrook Road, Rushden, while cleaning windows in a back bedroom, lost her balance and fell into the yard, from 10 to 12 feet. Dr Elwood was summoned with all speed. The Doctor was not able to discover signs of any bones being broken, but there were symptoms of internal injuries.

Rushden Echo, 3rd September 1909, transcribed by Peter Brown

A Spill – On Monday morning a motorcyclist and a girl riding a bicycle narrowly escaped serious injury as a result of a spill at Newton Road and Park Road corner. The motorist, a stranger, was going at a very easy pace round the Council Buildings from Newton Road when he met a girl named Clayton riding a bicycle in the opposite direction. Both riders had given an alarm but were apparently unable to avoid a collision and both were thrown to the ground. The girl was up in a moment and was unhurt, but the motorist got his left foot wedged between the pedal and the bracket and was unable to extricate it until the driving band had been cut. Fortunately no injury was sustained by the rider beyond severe bruising of the ankle, but it was a wonder that his leg was not broken.

The Rushden Echo, 19th November 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

An Accident which might have been serious happened to Mr Max Stringer early this week. Mr Stringer was engaged with another in pushing an iron pipe through the wall of Mr B Ladds’s factory in Moor-road when a brick fell from the wall, striking him on the base of the skull, the blow causing slight concussion of the brain. Luckily Mr Skinner was wearing a cloth cap at the time of the accident, otherwise the result might have been more serious than is actually the case. We are pleased to report that Mr Stringer is progressing favourably.

The Rushden Echo, 26th November 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

An Accident happened yesterday to Mr S Pinney, manager of the Rushden branch of the London Central Meat Co. While he was cutting some suet, the knife slipped and made a big gash in his thumb. Dr Baker attended to the injury.

The Rushden Echo, 31st December 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Accident—On Wednesday morning a number of lads were playing football on the Bedford-road when one lad, Herbert Leach, fell and dislocated his elbow. First aid was rendered by Ambulance Staff Sergt. Bird, of the C.L.B. The lad was afterwards attended by Dr. Greenfield.

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