Pensioner dies after falling on holiday

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A FORMER merchant navy man died after a fall while on holiday, an inquest heard.

Peter Whittle, 73, from Denmead, fell while staying in a holiday cottage with his wife near Dorchester in Dorset.

An inquest in Southampton heard the pensioner was transferred to Southampton General Hospital where he died the following day on May 5 this year.

The hospital’s consultant pathologist, Dr Mike Walker, believed either a chest infection or heart disease led to his fall.

Grahame Short, senior coroner for Southampton and the New Forest, delivered a verdict of accidental death.