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News - 1865

Sherborne Mercury – Tuesday 1 August 1865


– A dreadful accident occurred to a man named Dorey, farm bailiff to Mrs. Randall. It appeared that on Monday evening he was brewing harvest beer, and that he was standing on a plank on the rim of the copper pumping out the boiling liquid, when he fell in up to the armpits, supposed through the tilting of the plank. A person who was near the door, hearing Dorey cry rushed in and pulled him out, and medical aid was obtained as quickly as possible, but the injury he received from the scalding water was so serious that he died about six o’clock on Tuesday morning, after lingering in great agony for twelve hours. An inquest was held on the body the same evening, before Giles Symonds, Esq., coroner, when a verdict of accidental death was returned.

[Henry Dorey (1821-1865) was the son of Lawrence Dorey (1798-1841) and Ann Dorey nee Meaden (1794-?). He married Sarah Harvell (1819-?) and they had five children.]

Jacksons Oxford Journal - Saturday 18 March 1865



On Saturday, March 4, five men belonging to her Majesty’s coastguard were suddenly swallowed up in the angry sea. The men, who belonged to the Warbarrow station, about thirteen miles to the westward of St Alban’s Head, were returning in their galley from Weymouth with sundry stores, and which might be considered a fair cargo for such a vessel. The men were perfectly sober, but the wind was blowing fresh from S.S.W., and Admiral Fitzroy’s signal opposite the Weymouth Telegraph Station indicated a probable gale from the southward. When about a mile from Lulworth Station (the one below that to which they were bound) the watchman there observed a sea strike her on the quarter. She shipped apparently a good deal of water, and immediately went down, in nautical phrase “like a stone”!  The Lulworth men immediately took to their cork jackets and their boat, but on arriving at the spot nothing could be seen, save a few light articles, forming a part of the stores, floating about. There was a good bit of sea and wind on at the time, so much so that the Lulworth men could not effect a landing at their own place, and were obliged to disembark at a place called Mupes. The five men drowned were: - Chope, who leaves several children, fortunately grown up, had seen upwards of thirty years’ service, but withal, like the rest, was a smart seaman. Baker had been in the service upwards of a quarter of a century, and leaves a numerous family young in years. Hickey had been in the employ of the Crown about twenty years, and leaves a small family. Dunn’s term of servitude was about twelve years; and Parnell recently married, and his widow on the eve of her accouchement, had been in the coastguard about six months. Owing to one set of tides it was conjectured that neither they or the boat will be found, but swept seawards, though every exertion is now making to recover them.

The Standard - Saturday 11 March 1865

The Boat Accident off Lulworth

To the Editor

Sir - The distressing accident off Lulworth Cove on Saturday last, by which the crew of the Warborough galley were lost in sight of their homes, has thrown five widows and 16 or 17 children on their own resources. Well known and respected as the men were in the neighbourhood their case has excited great sympathy, and local subscriptions have been set on foot; it is hardly likely , however, that any local subscription can meet the necessity of the case, and I am sure that if the circumstances were widely known many throughout the country would gladly contribute. Subscriptions to the “Warborough Widows and Orphans’ Fund” will be thankfully received by Captain Broad, inspecting commander, Weymouth: the Rev. W. Irwell, Tyneham Rectory, Warborough, Wareham: and the Rev. W. Gildea, West Lulworth, Wareham.

I am - Sir, yours faithfully

W. Gildea

West Lulworth, March 8

The Belfast Newsletter - Wednesday 8 March 1865

The Warbarrow coastguard boat, which left Weymouth on the 4th inst. for that station, has foundered off Lulworth, drowning all on board - five men.


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