Glover, William

Glover, William         1918 September 27th          Larkhill

Burst When Fired and Killed a Bombardier

The Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F Trethowan) held an inquest on Thursday in last week at Fargo Military Hospital in connection with the death of Acting Bombardier William Glover, aged 27, whose home was in Accrington, Lancs.

Sidney Arthur Paget, a corporal of the RFA, stationed at Larkhill Camp, gave evidence of identification and said that on Tuesday morning he was with Glover at Chapperton Down Range, Tilshead. Glover fired a howitzer and the gun burst. Witness, who was about three yards from him, was knocked backwards. Almost immediately afterwards he saw him on the ground. He went to him and saw that he was very seriously injured. He was carrying out his duties properly, and it was no fault of his that the accident occurred.

Captain William Robert Wilson, RAMC, said Glover was admitted to hospital shortly after 2pm on Tuesday suffering from the effect of a violent explosion. His left hand was blown off, and he had other serious injuries. He died about five minutes after admission from shock due to the injuries.

A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.

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