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On Friday night, an accident occurred on Ranscombe Hill, near Lewes, as a result of which a young cowman, named Ernest Walter George Small, of Ranscombe Cottages, received such serious injuries that he died shortly afterwards.
It appears that five residents of Ranscombe, Mr Small with his brother James, Mr George Bell and Mr and Mrs Harry Preston, were walking down Ranscombe Hill on their way home when they were overtaken by a motor bicycle ridden by Mr Cyril Winter, of the Barley Mow, Selmeston, with Mr Leslie Sayers, of Council Cottages, Selmeston, on the pillion seat. The machine struck Small, who was knocked down, and received such injuries that he died almost immediately. The other members of the party appear to have escaped injury.
The motor cyclist and pillion rider were heavily thrown, and as it was seen they were seriously injured, they were removed as quickly as possible to the Victoria Hospital, Lewes. They were found to be suffering from concussion and head injuries.
The deceased, who was within a month of his 21st birthday, was the fourth son of Mr and Mrs Charles Small, of 1 Ranscombe Cottages. He was a native of Dorset, and had lived in the district for the past nine years. On leaving Beddingham School he was employed by Messrs Saunders and Miles of Ranscombe Farm, and at the time of his death was under cowman. He was a member of the South Street Juvenile Bonfire Society, and up to quite recently was a member of the Beddingham Church Choir.
The mourners were:- Mr and Mrs C Small (parents), Mr and Mrs E A Underdown, Mr and Mrs H Loveless, and Mr and Mrs R Stredwick (brothers-in-law and sisters), Mr and Mrs C Small and Mr and Mrs J Small (brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr W Small and Mr A Small (brothers), Mrs A Bow (sister), Mrs W Butt (aunt) and Miss Hilda Smith fiancé).
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