July 11, 2012

Dewsbury—Horrible Accident

Yesterday afternoon a most horrible accident happened at Messrs Thackrah & Co.'s new mill at Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury.  William Coulson, aged 53 years, a married man with eight children, was attending to a willeying machine, which is used for pulling rags into shoddy, when his foot slipped, and he fell into the revolving machinery.  This caught his arm, and he was pulled in, his arm, head, and shoulders being torn into pieces.  A most horrible and sickening sight was presented when the remains of the poor fellow were extricated, of course lifeless.  (Yorkshire Post, June 5th, 1873)


  1. I'm not sure why, but that last sentence really made me giggle.

    1. Me too!! We didn't think he got out alive. lol Especially after the gruesome way the accident was discribed.

  2. I like how they felt the need to extra clarify that the remaining chunks of him were, in fact, lifeless.