McNaught, Douglas

McNaught, Douglas         1917 April 6th            Larkhill

Sudden Explosion of a Shell

Mr F H Trethowan (Coroner for South Wilts) held an inquest on Thursday in last week in connection with the death of Lieutenant Douglas Ramsey McNaught, of the Gordon Highlanders, which occurred as the result of the explosion of a shell with which he was loading a mortar.

William Henry Barnes, funeral furnisher, of Hornsey Road, London, N., said he knew Lieut D R McNaught, who was 22 years of age, and his home address was 24, Coolhurst Road, Hornsey, London, N.

Lieutenant E Lashmore, RE, said he was with the young officer on Tuesday afternoon. Lieut McNaught was engaged in loading a mortar. He had already fired one shell, and was loading the mortar with a second shell, when there was an explosion, and he was instantly killed, the top of his head being blown off. He was acting in the course of his duty at the time.

Dr J O March, of Amesbury, said he examined the body on Thursday, and found that death was due to the fact that the top of the cranium had apparently been blown away by some explosion.

A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.

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