1916, 8 April – Batley News

The death of a soldier’s baby was the main item in the Batley News relating to the parishioners of St Mary’s. As usual I have put in bold the names of those connected to the parish who served with the military. And, as ever, the spelling and punctuation matches that of the newspaper.

The family notices section contained two deaths where the burials were officiated by St Mary’s priests. They were:

SCOTT. —On the 3rd isn’t., aged 3 months, Mary Scott, 35 Vero Street.

MACMANUS. —On the 3rd inst., aged 57 years, Mary Macmanus, Peel Street

Mary Scott’s death was the subject of an inquest:

SOLDIER’S CHILD FOUND DEAD. —An inquest was held on Wednesday on Mary Scott, the three-months-old daughter of Pte. Francis Scott, K.OY.L.I., and Catherine Scott, 35, Vero Street, Cross Bank, Batley. —The mother described the child as healthy, and said that on Sunday she took it to bed at 10 p.m. It slept with her and two other children, one nearly four and the other two years old. At 6.10 a.m. she found the baby dead, and black on the side on which it laid. —Dr. Keighley reported that on post-mortem examination he found the stomach distended, and it contained a number of small hard lumps—probably curded milk undigested. He ascribed death to a sudden convulsion due to the irritation of the stomach. It was a form of acute indigestion, and he though the child was overfed.—A verdict was returned accordingly.