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' Constable McLennan, of Rakaia, was occupied till very late on Wednesday night in,making search along the railway line north of Chertsey for the remains of a man who had been run over by the second express from the south. The body was shockingly mutilated, and the clothes torn to small shreds. The remains were taken to Rakaia yesterday morning. The Ashburton District Coroner (Mr James Cow) and Senior-Sergeant Ryan formally opened sin inquest at the Rakaia Courthouse yesterday. No evidence was tendered, and the enquiry was adiourned till 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday at Ashburton. Permission was iriven to have the remains interred.

Later in the day Mr Kerr, of Ashburton. identified the body^ as that of Harry Thompson. Deceased resided at Ashburton, and was previously in the employ of Mr Milsojn, cordial manufacturer. A railway ticket", Rakaia to Ashburton. which had been punched by the guard of the slow train, was found on the body, and deceased liad l>een in Rakaia on business that day. The evening train from Christchurch to Ashburton waits at the loop line at Chertsey for the second express to pass, and it is thought that deceased had aliptited from the slow train and been eausrht .unawares by the passing express. There were no signs of his having been dragged by the sk>w" train;

The late Mr Thompson was a widower, aged 51 years, and leaves a grown-up family of three daughters.

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VICTIM IDENTIFIED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 2 May 1919

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VICTIM IDENTIFIED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 2 May 1919

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