Baker, Victor

Baker, Victor         1917 May 11th         Larkhill

Found Shot in a Trench

The Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan) held an inquest at Fargo Military Hospital on Tuesday concerning the death of an Australian soldier named Victor Roy Baker, whose home was in New South Wales.

Second-Lieutenant Howell said that baker had been acting as batman for him and two other officers. He had been depressed for some time, but there was nothing in his behaviour to indicate that he might take his life. He was not supposed to carry a revolver, though it would be a simple matter for a batman to obtain possession of one.

Corporal Stevens, of the Australian Military Police, said that on Wednesday, May 2nd, he went to a revolver trench and saw Baker lying in it, with a revolver by his side, and suffering from a bullet wound in the chest. He intimated that he shot himself because he was suffering from venereal disease.

Captain Richmond, RAMC, said Baker was admitted to Fargo Military Hospital suffering from severe hemorrhage caused by a bullet wound, apparently self-inflicted. From what the man said he gathered that the disease from which he suffered had got on his mind. He died on May 6th from the hemorrhage.

A verdict of “Suicide whilst of unsound mind” was returned.


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