Date: 24 Mar 1915
The body of a newly-born child was found in a shallow well in York Avenue.
The body was found by a steward in the grounds when he went to look for a hockey ball.
He said that there was about 18 inches of water in the well which was used for draining water off the house.
A juror at the inquest expressed the opinion that the body had been put there by someone who knew where the well was.
A doctor said that there were no marks of violence and that the child was male and that there had been full respiration. He said that he thought that death had taken place about a fortnight before and that it was due to asphyxiation. He also said that he thought that the child was dead before it had been placed in the water.
An open verdict was returned.
see Portsmouth Evening News - Wednesday 24 March 1915