The following report appeared in The Kent Messenger on November 5th 1887


Accident - A sad accident, which terminated fatally, occurred to a workman named George Lamb, employed at the cement works of Messrs Lee, Son and Co, at Halling, on Friday last. The deceased was wheeling a barrow up a plank loading a truck with lime when he slipped off, the barrow and about 2.5cwt of lime falling on his chest, breaking several of his ribs. He was promptly removed to his home, a short distance from the works, and medical aid was immediately summoned, but though every care and attention was given him the poor fellow died in dreadful suffering about six hours after the accident. The funeral took place in the old church yard at Halling, on Wednesday afternoon, the service being very impressively performed by Mr PP Patterson of Larkfield, a Minister of the Strict Baptist denomination, of which the deceased had been a member for many years. The deceased was followed to the grave by nearly a hundred friends, including relatives, showing the great respect in which he was held. Blinds were drawn at almost every house the whole of the way to the church. The deceased, who was 50 years of age, leaves a widow and five young children under six years of age, besides a family of grown up children, having been twice married. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and children, who are totally unprovided for. A special funeral service will be held at the Baptist Chapel, Ryarsh, on Sunday morning next in memory of the deceased, who had worshipped with the friends there for many years. On Monday an inquest was held at the Plough Inn on the body, when a verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned.