Topic: William Thomas Potter, Station Master at Prebbleton

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Accident and death of William Thomas Potter

A SHOCKING OCCURRENCE. Star , Issue 5267, 25 May 1895, Page 5, Papers Past


An accident happened on the railway at Prebbleton this morning by which the stationmaster, William Thomas Potter, a middle-aged man, received injuries that terminated fatally. It appears that while he was engaged in shunting he got one of his feet caught in the points and a truck passed over him. He had his right thigh broken, his left collar bone broken, and was also injured internally. He was brought to Christchurch by train and conveyed to the hospital in the ambulance carriage. He was admitted to the institution shortly after eleven o'clock, but succumbed to his injuries about one o'clock.

Star , Issue 5268, 27 May 1895, page 3

An inquest touching the death of William Thomas Potter, stationmaster at Prebbleton, who died at the hospital on Saturday from injuries received while uncoupling some trucks at Prebbleton, was held at the hospital this morning before Mr H. W. Bishop, coroner, and a jury of whom Mr H. M. Goodger was chosen foreman.

Evidence was given by John Francis Tickell, a casual hand on the railway, Thomas Cairns, fireman, Henry Woodham, engine-driver, Samuel Lawrie Forayth, guard and Dr Murray Aynsley, medical superintendent at the hospital. The evidence of the railway officials who saw the accident showed that the deceased got one of his feet into the opening in the points, and was unable to extricate himself before the truck passed over him. The jury returned a verdict of "accidental death."

Funeral of Mr Potter.

Star , Issue 5270, 29 May 1895, Page 2,

The body of the late Mr William Thomas Potter, stationmaster at Prebbleton, who was killed by an accident on the railway on Saturday last, was buried yesterday afternoon in the Addington Cemetery. The burial service waa conducted by the Rev W. F. Knowlea, assisted by the Rev £. A. Scott.

he hearse was followed by several carriages and other vehicles, and by a number of mourners on foot. The pall was borne by four of the deceased's brother stationmasters, Mr Pilkingfcon, of Christchurch, Mr Frame, of Addington, Mr Meadowcroft, of Kaiapoi, and Mr Appleby, of Hornby. The Railway Servants' Society was officially represented.

Mr Potter had been D.G. Steward of the District Grand Lodge of Freemasons, Scottish Constitution, and a number of officers and members of the Order attended the funeral. He had also been secretary of the Star, of Ashburton Lodge, U. A.O. D„ several members of which Order attended his funeral, and the Druids' burial service was read by Bro Kennedy, A.D. of the Star of Ashburton Lodge. A number of beautiful wreaths were laid on the coffin, from the Masons, Druids and several private friends.

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William Thomas Potter, Station Master at Prebbleton

First Names:William Thomas
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