Found this post earlier in the week.
Did some hunting and we finally found this stone in Meanwood Park.
This prompted me to do some research into its provenance.
The following articles appeared in the Leeds Mercury in the week following the death:
"Tuesday September 13th 1892
Supposed suicide at Meanwood, Leeds – the man who was found dead close to Meanwood Wood on Sunday morning last, with a revolver in his hand a bullet-wound in his head, had not been identified at a late hour last night.
Mercury, Saturday September 17th 1892
Supposed suicide in Meanwood Wood, Leeds – at the Myrtle Inn, Meanwood on Tuesday afternoon, the deputy coroner (Mr J.B. Brooke) inquired into the death of a man found in Meanwood Wood early on Sunday morning with a bullet wound in his head. There was still unfortunately no evidence of identity. George Henry Burnell, puddler, of 75, Whitehall Road, Leeds, stated that when in the wood at 9.35 on Sunday morning, with a friend, he found the deceased lying behind a wall. Not knowing whether he was dead or asleep, witness went to him and found him dead. In his right hand was a revolver, and the first finger pressed the trigger. His hat, a match-box, an empty razor-case, and a walking stick were lying near to him. There was a small wound to his right temple, from which blood was flowing. From the condition of the body, witnesses calculated that he had been dead about two hours. There were no signs of a struggle, nor were his clothes disarranged, - Police Constable Greatham stated that his attention was called to the body by two young men, who came running to him. From the nature of the wound it appeared as if the revolver had been close to his head. The coroner said that although diligent inquiries had been made, they had not been able to ascertain the name of the deceased. He thought the proper cause to adopt would be to return an open verdict of “found dead”. This was done accordingly. On Wednesday the body was identified as that of H.J.W. Handcock, aged 24, of 204 South Lambeth-Road, London, S.E. Deceased was a civil engineer and had been lodging for a short time at 10, Tanfield-Street, Leeds."
I thinkMr Hancock was not buried in Meawood, I failed to find his grave, but the BMD show a 24 year old Henry Hancock buring at St Olave's in London, which would be his home parish.
Tanfield Street was knocked down (in the sicties I think) and is now roughly where the Roger Stephen's building is at the university.It is possible his last walk was along Woodhouse Ridge.
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