1804 – Lightning strike tragedy at Loxwood

August 6th 1804

“The Tempest on Tuesday night fell very heavy in some parts of Sussex, and particularly in Loxwood, where the homes were shaken by violence of the thunder and a poor boy struck dead by lightening. The deceased with a man as a companion, where at plough together in a field belonging to Mr King, and to avoid the pelting of the storm, left their work and ran to two neighbouring trees under which they were both struck down by the vivid fluid but the man having received no material injury, soon recovered, and perceiving the situation of the boy, hastened to his assistance, but to no purpose as he found him quite lifeless.”

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