Yarmouth Mercury 10th Ocotber 1891


Mr Coroner Culley held an inquest at Martham on Tuesday morning on the body of Elijah Gymer (37), general labourer, who was killed on Monday be being run over by two wheels of a traction engine while in a fit. Henry Hewitt, machine man, stated that deceased, George Gown, and himself were engaged on Monday in taking a traction engine "drum" and straw elevator from Somerton to Repps. It was deceased's duty to walk in front of the engine in the usual way. Witness assisted Gown the engine driver, in steering. when in Martham, near the church, the two wheels on the left side of the engine went over the deceased who had been riding on the machine. He had got off into the road and walked in front of the engine about two minutes before the accident happened. Witness could not say how the wheels went over him. Life appeared to be extinct. Eliza Hannah Gymer, widow of the deceased, said her husband was subject to stoppages or fits, and when they came on - suddenly and without warning - he would fall down unconcious. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased met his death accidentally while in a fit.

A similar report was contained within the "Yarmouth Independant" of the same day.