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John Marshall et al

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths.   They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.

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Transcript of evidence taken at Inquest before Coroner Dr. Thomas W. Jeffs at Messrs Hamilton Bros, undertaking parlors and Municipal Hall, South Vancouver, B.C. 1:00 p.m. Nov.14th., 1916 on the bodies of George Channeller Smith, Mrs Annie Evans, Lorna Rusha Evans, John Marshall, Frank Keen, William Henry Walker, Kenneth Ritchie, Chin Fat Jip and Arno Elbert Willcock (last named man's body recovered and viewed at Messrs Hamilton Bros. parlors, South Vancouver B.C. Nov.18th,1916) Officer:-Chief Constable Jospeh Lee, Municipality of South Vancouver.

Stenographer:-C.F. Hughes.


Thomas John Janes, 1896-42 Avenue East, fruit and poultry dealer, foreman; James Nelson, 2628-45 Avenue East, retired salesman, Robert Seymour Lewington, 6181 Fraser street, broker, James McMyn, Woodwards Landing, B.C. farmer, Charles Hartnell, Steveston, B.C. farmer, William Gay, Stevenston, B.C.R.R.#2, farmer

The jury was duly sworn at viewed the bodies of all the victims except the last named on November 14th, and then viewed the same of the accident, afterwards returning to the Municipal Hall, South Vancouver, B.C. to hear the evidence. The stenographer was duly sworn.

Appearances George H. Cowan and Mr Dixie, for the Municpality of Richmond; Mr L.J. Ladner, for Mrs G.C. Smith widow of the auto driver George Chaneller Smith, for the realtives of Kenneth Ritchie, for Mr Evans, and the estate of Arno Elbert Willcock: Mr S.A. Jacson, for Mrs Frank Keen and Mr Hutchinson; Chin Wah Gim for the estate of Chin Fat Jip; Mr A.E. Beck, for the estate of William Henry Walker and Mr D. Donaghy, for the Municipality of South Vancouver.

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 10 File 4 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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