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William Copfell, a * labourer, aged 45 years, who was injured by a fall of earth -at Craig's brickyard at Avondale on the 'sth inst., died from his injuries yesterday afternoon after undergoing an* operation m the Auckland Hospital.

Deceased had been engaged with two others in taking clay from a bank. While i Coppell was bending down slightly about four or five hundredweight of earth fell distance of about Bft, and bore him to the .ground. He was extricated by his mates and taken to the hospital, where it- was found that his spine was seriously injured. His condition became so "serious that finally an operation was deemed necessary, but * the deceased did not long survive the ordeal. „. - ~ Coppeil was a widower, his wife having predeceased him some two years ago. He is survived by four young children. * An inquest will be held by the Coroner at the hospital this afternoon at three o'clock.

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A LABOURER'S DEATH. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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