|• 1912: Sinking of the Titanic||• 1914: Start of 1st World War||• 1916: Battle of the Somme||• 1918: End of 1st World War||• 1919: 1st trans-atlantic flight||• 1920: League of Nations founded||• 1922: Irish Free State founded||• 1924: Lenin dies||• 1926: General Strike||• 1928: Women get the vote||• 1934: Hitler assumes power in Germany||• 1936: Regular BBC TV broadcasts begin||• 1939: Start of 2nd World War||• 1940: Dunkirk evacuation||• 1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbour||• 1944: "D-Day" landings in France||• 1945: End of 2nd World War||• 1946: USA tests atom bomb at Bikini Island||• 1947: Sound Barrier broken||• 1948: NHS founded||• 1950: Korean War starts||• 1951: Suez "Crisis"||• 1953: Queen Elizabeth II crowned||• 1954: Bannister runs 1st 4 minute mile||• 1955: ITV starts broadcasting||• 1955: Glynde Place opened to the public||• 1957: 1st dog in space||• 1958: Gatwick Airport opened||• 1959: M1, the 1st motoway, opened||• 1961: 1st man in space|
How a seven-year-old Beddingham girl fell from the shafts of a tractor-drawn hay wagon, the wheel of which went over her and killed her instantly, was related to the Coroner for East Sussex (Dr E F Hoare) at an inquest at Cobbe Place Farm, Beddingham, on Wednesday.
The girl was Ivy Maude Phipps, daughter of Mr Frederick Ernest Phipps, of Barber's Cottages, Beddingham. The accident occurred about 6.30 on Monday evening when the girl was playing in a field known as Park Meadow. It appeared from the evidence that the girl was swinging on the shaft of a hay wagon which was drawn by a tractor, and that after being told to get off by at least two men she got on again and fell off under the wheel of the wagon, which passed over her. She was killed instantly, death being due to a fracture of the skull.
The driver of the tractor, Frederick Chutter, of Park Cottage, Beddingham, gave evidence that he told the girl to go away, but she returned and shortly afterwards a man named Follington shouted to him to stop.
William Stanley Follington, of Dairy Cottage, Beddingham, said he was sitting on the shaft of the wagon. The girl was swinging on the shaft and he told her to go away. She did so, but came back. He again told her to get off. She appeared to drop off and fell underneath the wheel.
Henry Brian Carver of New Cottage, Beddingham, said he was riding on the near side shaft of the wagon. He heard Follington tell the girl to get off.
Evidence of identification was given by the father, who said he thought someone ought to have seen that the girl was not allowed to ride on the cart.
The Coroner said the men had done their best. He returned a verdict of 'Accidental Death' and said there was no blame to attach to anyone. The men told the girl to go away and she did not do so.
glynde.info/history by Andrew Lusted & Chris Whitmore is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://glynde.info/history/contact.php