Victim: Willie Bryant
Cause of death: Scalds after tumbling into a boiler full of swill
Circumstance: He was in the yard when his father asked him to run and get the reaping hook hung over the boiler. Willie could not quite reach, the top of the boiler gave way, and he went in up to his knees in scalding swill. He then died, two weeks later. His mother wouldn’t leave him throughout this time. He wanted to hear “Sweet Jesu meek and mild”, and his mother couldn’t bear to hear it sung after that. Willie is buried at the Old Church-in-the-Woods, Holcombe.
Origin of this story: conversation with Nora James, 1994