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Kathleen Lynch

Age: 36

Sex: female

Date: 29 Jun 1947

Place: 15 Mannering Road, Liverpool

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Kathleen Lynch died from vagal shock.

She had been living apart from her husband in a flat in Mannering Road with a foreman welder. She was four months pregnant at the time of her death.

Her husband, a tobacco weigher, who lived in Dewsbury Road in Anfield, said that they had been living apart for the previous twelve months and that he thought that Kathleen Lynch had been living with another man.

The foreman welder said that at about 12.50pm on Sunday 29 June 1947 he had gone out to see a friend, leaving Kathleen Lynch preparing the dinner and said that when he returned an hour later he found her lying across the bed, dead.

Her initial post-mortem stated that her cause of death was obscure and so some of her organs were sent away for examination. A doctor said that there was no sign of poison and no obvious cause of death. After a professor of pathology at a university was consulted, it was concluded that her death had been due to vagal shock, which was described as being quite rare.

Her inquest returned a verdict that her death as due to vagal shock, but that there was no evidence to show how it had been brought about.

The newspaper article noted that 'Vagal' was defined in the dictionary as 'pertaining to the pneumogastral nerve'.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Liverpool Echo - Thursday 17 July 1947

see Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 02 July 1947