Forbes Smith Baxter

Rank:Deck Hand
Service No:3070/DA
Date of Death:31/03/1916
Age:42
Regiment/Service:Royal Naval Reserve H.M. Drifter, John Burn
Grave Reference M. K. 19.
Cemetery DOVER (ST. JAMES'S) CEMETERY
Additional Information: Husband of Bridget Catherine Baxter, of Row 109, 22, King St., Great Yarmouth.

Dover Express - Friday 07 April 1916

THREE BODIES FOUND IN THE HARBOUR. An inquest was held at the Esplanade Hotel by the Borough Coroner (Mr. Sydenham Payn) on the bodies of Joseph Maher, aged 31 years; James Forbes Baxter, aged 42 years; and an unknown man. Mr. B. Coveney was chosen foreman of the jury. The first inquiry was held on the body of James Forbes Baxter, a deck hand, aged 42 years, who lived at Row 83, 22s. Great Yarmouth.
A. Wright, a skipper, said: I saw the body at the Mortuary, and identify it that of James Forbes Baxter, trimmer. On Friday night, at 11.30 p.m., it was reported to me that he was missing. The ship was lying behind the coal dock. We were the second ship off the dock, and his cap was picked up near the ship. I reported the matter ashore, and got the grapnels and commenced to drag, without success. It was very dark that night.
W. Ballard, a labourer, living at 39, Chapel Place, said: I found the body on Saturday morning, at 10 o'clock. The water was in. I saw the grapnel on the coal store quay, and hearing there was a man overboard I commenced to drag as soon as the vessels had gone. I pulled the body up and sent for the police, who took it to the Mortuary. The body was lying about eight or nine feet from the quay.
Acting Police Sergeant Husk said: I went to the dock on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the last witness was there with the deceased. I sent for an ambulance and removed the body to the Mortuary. The clothes were all right, and I searched him, and found 6½d. in coppers. The body was identified by the captain as that of James Forbes Baxter. I could see no marks of injuries.
A verdict of accidental death by drowning was returned.