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1913: Overcome while testing drain

Mr Croucher, surveyor to the Cuckfield Union Council, is lying in the Haywards Heath Cottage Hospital as the result of being overcome with gas fumes while testing drains at Cuckfield. Mr H Knight, who, while at the top of a manhole, tried to get Mr Croucher out of the inspection chamber, was also overcome. The two men were rescued by a Mr J Patendon, and - recovered after being treated with artificial respiration.

Kilburn Times,19 September 1913.

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

Photo: Fire girls bringing out girl workers who have been overcome by smoke fumes at a National Shell Filling Factory. From Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection. Wikimedia public domain image.

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