|Reason for Loss
||Liverpool Evening Express of September 2nd 1941: Airman Killed in Lift. How a young airman met his death while visiting his father at his work was revealed at the inquest held today on Aircraftman Clifford Ambrose Johnson, aged 21, of Kaigh Avenue, Crosby, a silver fox farmer before joining the RAF. Aircraftman Charles Collins..who was with Johnson when he went to visit his afterh, said: "At about 5.45 we arrived at his father's office, but he was working, so we decided to wait. We hung around the stairs on the ground floor..waiting for Mr. Johnson to appear. I heard Johnson say 'Here's a lift.' I did not take much notice of this, but suddenly I heard the sound of the lift in motion. When I looked around the lift was about two or three feet from the ground and Johnson appeared to want to jump out. The lift gained speed and he was jammed between the lift floor and the outer structure of the lift shaft." Witness was satisfied that Johnson had not opened the gates of the lift. William Henry Hall, manager of Messrs. E. P. Cottiers, Ltd., said that the lift..gates had an electro-mechanical locking system, which was not in order at the time. Arrangements had been made to carry out repairs during the following weekend. John Sutton, resident caretaker of the buildings, said it was due to that defect that the lift would be able to function without the gates being closed. The Liverpool City Coroner (Mr. G. C Mort) recorded a verdict of Accidental Death.