Friday, 20 August 2021

Death on the Canal - 1870, ?

Death on the (Mon & Brec) Canal

I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and present to you my justification for not being a fan of walking along the canal on dark and lonely nights... For more canal deaths, check out the master post.

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The Monmouthshire Merlin of Saturday 2nd April 1870 reported that on the previous Monday morning, March 28th, a man's dead body had been found in the Cwmbran canal. He had apparently fallen into the canal the night before, Sunday 27th March, and drowned. He was a member of 2nd. Monmouthshire Rifle Corps and had since been buried with military honours.

Monmouthshire Merlin 2nd April 1870

Of course, what the report neglected to mention was the young man's name. Further searching revealed that the County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser Abergavenny and Raglan Herald Usk and Pontypool Messenger and Chepstow Argus had also carried the story on April 2nd. With exactly the same lack of detail.

County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser Abergavenny and Raglan Herald Usk and Pontypool Messenger and Chepstow Argus 2nd April 1870

And, er, there the trail ends. If you know more I'd love to hear from you!



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