Date: 15 Apr 1943
The body of a newly born female child was found in a third class compartment of a train at Chester General Station.
The body was found in a third-class compartment after it arrived at the station at about 8am, on 15 April 1943 by a carriage cleaner.
The carriage cleaner, who was employed by the LMS Railway Company at Chester Station said that on the morning of 15 April 1943 she had been on duty on platform 7 when the train arrived from Whitchurch at 8.05am. She said that she walked along the platform and saw a green carrier bag in a third-class compartment, placed behind a steam cylinder. She said that she then went into the compartment and took the bag, intending to take it to the Lost Property Office but instead handed it to an inside cleaner who took it to the foreman and when they opened the bag they saw the head of the child.
The pathologist that carried out the post-mortem said that the child had had a separate existence and that the cause of death was lack of attention at birth. He noted that the child had a large wound across the front of its face which was due largely to heat but said that the wound was inflicted after death.
The coroner returned an open verdict.
see Cheshire Observer - Saturday 08 May 1943