Forbes Smith Baxter
Date of Death:31/03/1916
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.