Thomas died after attending a party in Whitehaven on 31st May 1915 which was held to celebrate his sister Jessie's marriage (to Matthew Jones) on Whit Monday a week earlier. He and his sister, Janet (aged 14), were walking three of their friends (aged 13 and 14) home around 10.00 p.m. Thomas had his sister and one of the female friends on each arm. They were passed by an older man, James Hallett (aged 26), with a women on each of his arms and some words were said which Thomas took as being derogatory towards the girls. The two men got into a fight which led to Thomas suffering a fatal injury and dying a short while later.
Although it called itself a psychiatric hospital, the locals saw it as a ‘lunatic asylum’. Treatment was primitive and electro convulsive treatment was standard. Jessie died of "cerebral thrombosis, cardiovascular degeneration and hypertension".The electric shock treatment possibly caused Jessie's cerebral thrombosis which is a blood clot on the brain whose symptoms may include headache, abnormal vision and seizures.
The hospital eventually closed in 1996 and the mental health facility was moved to more modern buildings because the hospital was no longer fit for purpose. It was bought by property developers and turned into luxury apartments. I'm not sure I would want to live in a building which had such an unfortunate history.