Engine Driver’s Fatal Fall
The East Kent Coroner (Mr. Rutley Mow II) held an inquest at Derringstone, Barham, on Wednesday evening, on the body of Charles Henry Lilley, aged 44, an engine driver in the employ of Mr. A. C. Arter, Barham, who died as the result of a fall from a truck. The evidence showed that the deceased journeyed to Dover on the previous Monday for the purpose of bringing home a load of coal and some timber. Having got the load home to his employer’s yard the same evening he was engaged on a truck releasing some chains when he appears to have overbalanced himself, with the result that he pitched to the ground on his head. So serious were the injuries received that he died from the effects the next morning. The jury returned a verdict of “Death from misadventure.” The deceased, who was a Dover man, leaves a wife and two children.
And so ended the story of Charles Henry Lilley in the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald of 11 May 1912. He had been buried at St John the Baptist, Barham on 4 May 1912. Mr. A. C. Arter ran the Hilly-Field Works in Barham. Perhaps the truck he fell from looked like the one in the feature photo.
The wife was Rose Dedman, born in Rodmill, Sussex before her baptism of 2 Jun 1867. And the two children were – George Charles Lilley born 24 Mar 1908 and his sister Elsie May Lilley born 16 Apr 1909 – both born in Dover.
Charles had been baptised in Ospringe, Kent on 29 Mar 1868. The second of 7 children born to George Lilley and Ellen Harriet Godden. He was my grand-uncle. In 1911 he was living in a five-room house at Gravel Castle, Barham, Kent. He married Rose Dedman at the parish church in the parish of Sturry, Kent on 7 Jul 1906. He had been an agricultural labourer early in life and sometime before 1901 became an Engine Driver.
Charles Lilley Signature from 1911 Census