- [S205] FreeBMD, (www.freebmd.org.uk;), birth of Frank Bennet Broyd, Risbridge 4a 769, March quarter 1897 (Reliability: 2).
- [S108] 1901 Census Returns of England and Wales, General Register Office, (31 March 1901;), RG 13., RG 13/1737 f.77 p.11 (Reliability: 3).
Spring Hall, Gt Wratting, West Suffolk (4 rooms)
John Broyd, Head, M, 40, Blacksmith, Worker, Finchingfield
Sarah Broyd, Wife, M, 40, Stambourne
Arthur Broyd, Son, S, 17, Horseman on Farm, Worker, Finchingfield
William Broyd, Son, S, 15, Stable lad (Groom), Worker, Finchingfield
Fredk Broyd, Son, S, 13, Cow boy on Farm, Worker, Finchingfield
Percy Broyd, Son, 10, Cornishallend
John Broyd, Son, 8, Cornishallend
Nellie Broyd, Daur, 6, Steeple Bumpstead
Frank Broyd, Son, 4, Steeple Bumpstead
Gladys Broyd, Daur, 9 mo, Suffolk Gt Wratting
- [S114] Debt of Honour Register, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, (www.cwgc.org;), memorial for F Broyd, Private 30590, East Surrey Regiment (Reliability: 3).
- [S44] Monumental Inscriptions: Holy Trinity Balsham, (in Cambridgeshire Monumental Inscriptions, vol.10, Cambridgeshire Family History Society, 1991;), no.317, headstone - "Pte. 30590 F. BROYD / East Surrey Regt. / d. Dec 6 1919" (Reliability: 3).
- [S35] Cambridge Chronicle and University Journal, Isle of Ely Herald and Huntingdonshire Gazette, (1849-1934;), 10 December 1919 (Reliability: 3).
DEATH FROM TETANUS - A Lost Bandage The Cambridge Borough Coroner (Mr. G. A. Wootten) conducted an inquest at Addenbrooke's Hospital on Monday afternoon on the body of a young Balsham labourer, named Frank Broyd, who died in the Hospital on Saturday. It appears that towards the end of last month the deceased was engaged in loading some hurdles when he got the middle finger of his left hand jammed rather badly. The wound was dressed, but a few days later the deceased lost the bandage, and apparently got some foreign matter into the cut. Tetanus set in, resulting in his death some days later.
Mrs. Sarah Broyd, of Balsham, said that deceased was her son an agricultural labourer, of 22 years of age. He was employed on Dungate Farm, Balsham. On Friday, November 21st, about 12 o'clock, he came home with his finger bleeding, and said he had jammed it between two hurdles. Witness washed and dressed the wound, and her son returned to work. Witness continued to dress the wound up to the following Tuesday, and deceased then said his finger felt better. On the Wednesday he lost the bandage, and witness did not think he put any more on. On the Thursday when he came home he complained of pain in his neck and back, and the next day could not eat any food. He could only get his mouth open a little way; he said his jaw bones seemed to be set. Witness sent for a doctor on the Saturday when she found her son was no better; when the doctor came deceased told him that his back was bad and that his jaw bones were so stiff. He did not say anything about having hurt his finger a week previous, and witness never thought of it at the time. The doctor said that deceased had got rheumatism, and when he left he said he would call again on Monday. On Sunday her son kept in bed and was worse, and when the doctor came the next day he ordered his removal to the hospital. Witness told him of the finger on this second visit.
Eric Archie Norden (13), of Balsham, said he was at work with Mr. Broyd on Friday, November 21st, and while they were unloading some hurdles deceased jammed one of the fingers of his left hand. It bled fast, and deceased went home to have it dressed.
Dr. W. E. H. Bull, house physician of Addenbrooke's Hospital, said deceased was admitted on December 1st. He was suffering from tetanus, and witness did all it was possible to do, but the patient died on Saturday.
The Coroner: On the Saturday the doctor came but he was not told anything about the wounded finger. He was told deceased was suffering from a stiffening of the jaw. Assuming he could have discovered that it was approching tetanus and had ordered him to be removed here and served with an anti-toxin, would it have made any difference?
Witness: No, I am afraid it would not. Once tetanus has set in the disease has got too far for us to get at it. It is right inside the spinal cord.
In answer to a further question, witness said that the doctor, not having had anything said to him which might suggest tetanus, would naturally think it was rheumatism at this time of the year.
The Coroner: If deceased could hardly open his mouth?
Witness: Yes - Dr. Bull added that agricultural labourers who, while suffering from injured fingers, worked on highly manured land, ran a great risk of contracting tetanus. The actual cause of death was heart failure. The body of a person suffering from tetanus was continually in a state of contraction, and everything gradually wore out until the nerve of the brain gave out and the heart failed.
The Coroner returned a verdict of accidental death, resultant upon tetanus having being set up by the wound on the deceased's finger
- [S334] Marriage Certificate.
5th August 1882, Parish Church, Finchingfield, Essex, after banns, marriage of John Broad, age 22, Bachelor, Labourer, Finchingfield, son of William Broad, Labourer, and Sarah Prayle [sic], age 22, Spinster, Finchingfield [no father's name given]. Bride and groom signed with a mark. The marriage was witnessed by Sarah Wiffen (who also signed with a mark) and Wm Coates