Unsolved Murders

William Joseph James

Age: 45

Sex: male

Date: 25 Jun 1903

Place: Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

William Joseph James was killed in a riot.

He had gone to work at the Sharpness Docks in Gloucestershire and when he had got there he found that there was a strike in progress.

He had lived in a temporary building in the docks for the non-striking workers and one night whilst going into Berkeley with some of his fellow works they were attacked from behind a hedge and William James was hit on the head with a piece of iron piping.

He later went home but erysipelas developed from the injury and he went into the Greenwich Infirmary where he died on 25 June 1903.


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see Gloucester Journal - Saturday 11 July 1903

see Gloucestershire Echo - Wednesday 01 July 1903