The Ballingers of Upton St Leonards:Information about Frank Ballinger
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Frank Ballinger (b. 1859, d. April 8, 1912)Frank Ballinger (son of Benjamin Ballinger and Mary Ann Young) was born 1859 in Upton St Leonards, and died April 8, 1912 in Upton St Leonards. Died from Tetanus.He married Martha Bowles on 1884.
Notes for Frank Ballinger:
DEATH FROM SCRATCHES11-04-1912
UPTON ST LEONARDS LABOURER SUCCUMBS TO TETANUS
THE CORONERS ENQUIRY
The City Coroner , ( Mr Charles Scott ) conducted an enquiry at the Gloucestershire Royal
Infirmary on Tuesday evening into the circumstances attending the death of Frank Ballinger , a
general labourer , aged 53 , who lived at Upton Hill , Upton St Leonards and who was admitted to
the above institution on Saturday morning last , dying on Sunday from tetanus .
Martha Ballinger , wife of the deceased , said that his general health was very good . He had
been working lately for Mrs Ancrum of St Leonards Court and Mr Tidmarsh of Upton Hill . The
week before last the deceased worked for Mrs Ancrum throughout the week and appeared very
well . She did not know what he was working at , but he did not complain at all of being hurt .
During last week he worked for the first two days for Mr Tidmarsh , putting in posts , and the next
two days for Mrs Ancrum , but she did not know what work he was doing for her . He made no
complaint on either of those days . Witness did not notice any cuts or scratches about his hands .
When he went to bed on Thursday evening he seemed to her to be as usual and on Friday morning
he got up and lit the fire at 8.30 She came down a little later and asked him if he had had his
breakfast , and he replied that he had not , as he had a stiffness in his face . Witness induced him
to take a cup of tea and a bun , and after that he complained of a pain in his left side like cramp .
She gave him some warm pepper water but he did not feel any better . She then sent to the Kings
Head Hotel for some brandy , which deceased took with warm water during the morning . About
2.30 in the afternoon he went upstairs and got into bed , where between six and seven o clock she
brought him some warm milk , a large portion of which he drank . witness went to bed about 11
pm when deceased was quiet , but at 11.30 he began to cry out and moan , and when asked what
was the matter , said he had a pain in his side . She made a large linseed meal poultice and put it
on hisside , and also one on his throat , which eased him very much . He went to sleep until
about 3.30. when he again woke up in pain . She sent for Dr Scott from Painswick at 5 o clock on
Saturday morning , and he arrived an hour later , and ordered deceased to be removed to the Royal
Infirmary which was done .
Harry Ballinger , of Upton St Leonards , a dairyman said the deceased was his brother and that
on Thursday , the 4th inst . , he was working for Mrs Ancrum doing hedging . About 1.10 pm . he
came to witness's house as usual for his pint of cider and asked his wife for a needle and thread to
mend his glove. While he was drinking the cider witness mended it for him . The thumb was
nearly worn awayand there were holes in two or three of the fingers . Deceased had a newly
made scratch on his left hand , and said that the reason he wanted the glove mended was because
the thorns stuck into his hand , and it was very painful .
Mr Hugh James Hobbs , junior house surgeon at the Royal Infirmary said he remembered the
deceased being admitted on Saturday morning, when he was suffering from acute traumatic
tetanus . He got rather worse , the spasms occurring more frequently . The cause of death was
asphyxia due to spasm of the diaphragm or tetanus . Tetanus was never present without a wound
of some kind, although it might not be observable . witness noticed several scratches on
Deceased arm which appeared to be about a fortnightold . The time taken by the tetanus
bacillus to mature was anything from 5 to 21 days or even more .
The coroner having put the case to the jury , they returned a verdict that the deceased died from
tetanus brought on by the scratches on the arm , and also passed a vote of sympathy with the
widow , in which the coroner concurred .
More About Frank Ballinger and Martha Bowles:
Children of Frank Ballinger and Martha Bowles are:
- Arthur Edward Ballinger, b. July 5, 1885, Upton St Leonards, d. February 18, 1915, See Notes1.
- Ethel May Ballinger, b. November 14, 1886, Upton St Leonards, d. 1980, Gloucester.
- +Charles William Francis Ballinger, b. December 27, 1889, Upton St Leonards, d. 1920.
- +Archibald Francis Ballinger, b. September 25, 1892, Upton St Leonards.
- Percy Willoughby Ballinger, b. August 4, 1893, Upton St Leonards, d. April 24, 1956, Buried 30th April 1956.
- Benjamin Henry Ballinger, b. June 27, 1894, Upton St Leonards.
- Francis Alice Ballinger, b. April 15, 1900, Upton St Leonards.