HC Deb 21 February 1939 vol 344 c188
33. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give any information in connection with the accident at Woolwich Arsenal on Wednesday last when a man was killed; and what was the cause of the accident?

Sir V. Warrender

I will send the hon. Member a report of the inquest. The deceased workman, Mr. John Moore, sustained a blow when a handcart he was pushing met with an obstruction. He was taken to hospital, and was operated on for a duodenal ulcer which was found to be perforated. The surgeon stated that, in his opinion, Mr. Moore had suffered from this duodenal ulcer for a year at least and that any slight injury might have caused the perforation. Mr. Moore died from sudden collapse after the operation. A verdict of "Death due to accidental causes" was recorded. I should like to take this opportunity of repeating the sympathy of the War Office with his relatives.

Mr. Thorne

I take it that if the man in question is married, his widow and children will receive compensation?

Sir V. Warrender

If his widow makes a claim under the Workmen's Compensation Act the claim will naturally be considered.

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