Lyall, George

Lyall, George        1917 December 14th        Tidworth

Officer Commits Suicide

On Friday morning, at seven o’clock, George Smith, a labourer, found an officer lying in Tidworth Pennings with a revolver close to his right hand. There was a shot wound in the head.

The Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan) held an inquest on the following day at the Ram Hotel, Tidworth. Evidence of identification showed that the officer was Second-Lieutenant George William Lyall, aged 30, of the Cavalry reserve, stationed at Moultan Barracks, Tidworth. He had become depressed when he knew that his friend, Second-Lieutenant J S Young, was going overseas while he stayed on home service. During the morning of December 6th he disappeared. The revolver found at his side was lent to him for practise by another officer. It contained one live and one spent shot. Lieut Lyall was the son of a Lincolnshire auctioneer and was married, his home being at Wrexham.

The jury returned a verdict of suicide while of unsound mind.


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