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Hanover Square 1871

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hanover Square, The Vestry of the Parish of Saint George]

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Fever, which numbered 51 victims, 35 of whom were
under 5 years of age.
The deaths from accident or negligence, numbered
60 against 68 last year, 43 of which occurred to nonparishioners
in St. George's Hospital. Of the parishioners,
a licensed victualler, aged 54, died from fractured cervical
vertebras, at "The William IV.," Commercial Road,
Pimlico. Another, aged 45, died from the same cause,
having fallen from the roof of No. 5, South Street,
Grosvenor Square, when beating carpets. A labourer,
aged 69, died from exhaustion from a shock after fractured
ribs, caused by falling against a chair on which he intended
to sit, at No. 3, Commercial Road. The son of a porter,
aged 7 years, died at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford
Street, from fractured skull and laceration of brain, caused
by falling over the baluster of the stairs on which he was
sliding when at play. The son of a cab-driver, aged 6
years, died from injuries to his head and body, by a street
cab falling over upon him when seated on the box, the
horse running away without the driver, who had left the
box to pick up a fallen rug at the corner of Warwick
Street. A labourer, living at No. 9, Ranelagh Road,
aged 38, died from fracture of the skull, produced by being
pulled over by the handle of a crane when hoisting a stone
with insufficient purchase, his head striking the ground, at
Steward's Wharf, Pimlico. Another, aged 75, died in the
Workhouse, Mount Street, from Erysipelas in his head
and face, after a scalp wound from falling down stairs in
the Workhouse. An infant, aged 9 months, was found
with her night-gown on fire in her parent's room, at No. 5,
Brown Street, Grosvenor Square. Another, aged 16
months, had its abdomen and thigh scalded by a pot of
boiling coffee on the table in his parent's room falling on
him, at No. 3, Shepherd's Market; and a boy, aged 3