Patient Case Study: Lester, James

In-patient, 1855 (died)


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 3146 Date admitted 4 Feb 1855
Name Lester, James Renewed
Age 62 Under whose care Mr. Curme
Occupation Brass worker Disease Cut throat
Parish Holy Trinity [Dorchester] Discharged 7 Feb 1855
Recommended by Admitted as emergency Outcome Died
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. “SUICIDE. – On Sunday morning, last week, James Lester, of this town, attempted his life by cutting his throat with a razor.  He was discovered when engaged in the fatal act, and was immediately removed to the Dorset County Hospital, where every means were used suitable to his case, but the unfortunate man lingered till Wednesday, when death released him from his sufferings.  The deceased was an old man, and had been engaged as a brazier, &c., for half a century in one family; but for some time past he had shown symptoms of despondency.” [Sherborne Mercury, 13/02/1855, p. 3]
  1. James Lester, aged 61, of Holy Trinity, Dorchester, was buried 12 Feb 1855 at All Saints, Dorchester. [Dorset History Centre, Dorchester All Saints burial register, PE/DO(AS): RE 4/1, p. 82, entry 652]