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James Forrest Hamersley (1877–1937)

James Forrest Hamersley (60), who farmed a large area about 12 miles north-west of York, was fatally injured this morning, when he was dragged underneath a buggy.

He left his homestead about 9 o'clock, driving a horse and buggy. About 11 o'clock, the horse returned to the homestead with the buggy, with Mr. Hamersley dragging underneath, his right leg being caught underneath the shaft. He was alive when discovered by his share farmer, William Sutherland, but died shortly afterwards. Constable Leahy, of York, went to the property and found where the horse had been tied to a tree about 1½ miles from the homestead. It appeared as if Mr. Hamersley had fallen when getting into the buggy after releasing the horse and, with his leg caught, had been dragged over rough country and logs for the intervening 1½ miles.

The body was conveyed to the York mortuary. Mr. Hamersley served in the Great War with the 44th Battalion of the A.I.F.

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'Hamersley, James Forrest (1877–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


Guildford, Perth, Western Australia, Australia


10 July, 1937 (aged ~ 60)
York, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

horse-drawn vehicle accident

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