William Norman St John MAULE – NSWPF – Killed 1881 – Mummell NSW – News article 6

FATAL ACCIDENT. A MOUNTED-CONSTABLE named William Morman St. John Maule met with a fatal accident on Thursday last while in company with mounted-constable Pritzler in search of a lunatic. It appears that when about 13 miles from town, on the Mummel road, Maule's horse bolted and threw the rider, and in rushing past him knocked deceased with great violence against a tree, rendering hm unconscious. Pritzler at once procured a buggy, in which he conveyed the poor fellow to the hospital, when Drs Davidson and Gentle immediately attended him and found him still in an unconscious state, and suffering from a severe scalp wound, broken jaw, and injured nose, besides several injuries to his body. The sufferer remained unconscious for five hours, when he expired. An inquest held yesterday afternoon at the Hospital before the coroner(A. M. Betts Esq). when the following evidence was taken :- Simon Pritzler deposed: I am a mounted policeman stationed at Goulburn; the body just viewed by the coroner is that of mounted constable William Norman St. John Maule ; he had been at Goulburn about 6 weeks, and had only been in the force since June last ; he was 28 years of age and unmarried ; yesterday afternoon he came to me, and we both went to Mummell, about 14 miles from Goulburn, when we got about 13 miles from Goulburn deceased's horse shied at a tree, and threw one of his feet out of the stirrup-iron, which he lost; the horse went about 2o yards when it jumped a log, and the deceased then lost the other stirrup-iron ; I afterwards saw him some distance away; he was leaning on the horse's neck : the horse gave another bound, and deceased fell off on to his feet ; I then galloped up and found him lying on the ground insensible ; I saw that his face was smashed in ; I sent for some assistance, when I saw that he was seriously injured ; Mrs. Storey brought some water, and after bathing him he appeared to get better ; I then had him placed in a buggy, and brought in to the hospital, when Drs. Gentle and Davidson attended him ; he never recovered consciousness, and died in about five hours after the accident ; at the time deceased's horse shied he was about 30 yards in front of me, and was walking his horse ; from the place where the horse first shied to where deceased was thrown was about 300 yards ; the horse was going at a rapid pace at the time ; after deceased fell from the horse he was knocked against a tree ; the deceased was not a good rider, and the horse was a rather spirited one. Dr. Peter Hume Gentle deposed : I was asked to see deceased last night at nine p.m., and saw him in a comatose condition, with nose broken and the lower jaw broken ; I also found a wound over the eye about two inches in length, exposing the bone ; blood flowed from his right ear ; the pupil of the right eye was dilated, and that of the left contracted ; I believe compression of the brain to have been the cause of death. The jury after a brief consultation, returned a verdict that deceased died from injuries received by being accidentally thrown from his horse, and the jury would like to add that more discretion might be exercised at the Sydney Depot as to the horsemanship of men sent for duty in the country.

William Norman St. John MAULE

William Norman St. John MAULE
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # ?
Mounted Constable
Stations: Goulburn ( only six weeks )
Born ?
Died Thursday 8 December 1881
28 old

Goulburn Evening Penny Post Saturday 10 December 1881 page 3 of 8

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/102820476

FATAL ACCIDENT. A MOUNTED-CONSTABLE named William Morman St. John Maule met with a fatal accident on Thursday last while in company with mounted-constable Pritzler in search of a lunatic. It appears that when about 13 miles from town, on the Mummel road, Maule’s horse bolted and threw the rider, and in rushing past him knocked deceased with great violence against a tree, rendering hm unconscious. Pritzler at once procured a buggy, in which he conveyed the poor fellow to the hospital, when Drs Davidson and Gentle immediately attended him and found him still in an unconscious state, and suffering from a severe scalp wound, broken jaw, and injured nose, besides several injuries to his body. The sufferer remained unconscious for five hours, when he expired. An inquest held yesterday afternoon at the Hospital before the coroner(A. M. Betts Esq). when the following evidence was taken :- Simon Pritzler deposed: I am a mounted policeman stationed at Goulburn; the body just viewed by the coroner is that of mounted constable William Norman St. John Maule ; he had been at Goulburn about 6 weeks, and had only been in the force since June last ; he was 28 years of age and unmarried ; yesterday afternoon he came to me, and we both went to Mummell, about 14 miles from Goulburn, when we got about 13 miles from Goulburn deceased’s horse shied at a tree, and threw one of his feet out of the stirrup-iron, which he lost; the horse went about 2o yards when it jumped a log, and the deceased then lost the other stirrup-iron ; I afterwards saw him some distance away; he was leaning on the horse’s neck : the horse gave another bound,

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