Irvine, Gilbert

Irvine, Gilbert      1918 April 12th         Wilsford

Lad Shot at Wilsford

The death occurred at Wilsford on Wednesday of a boy aged 16, named Gilbert Irvine, from injuries to the lung through accidentally being shot by a younger lad. An inquest was held by the Coroner for South Wilts (Mr F H Trethowan), yesterday (Thursday) at Wilsford, when the particulars of the unfortunate event transpired.

The boy’s father, Captain Irvine, of the Royal Engineers, said he and his son were living at Wilsford. On Tuesday, about 7.50pm, he saw his son in a field near to the house with a lad named Roger Ford. He called his son and saw him hand Ford the gun he was carrying. It was a single barrelled gun, with small bore, which had been given to him a few days previously. A moment afterwards he heard a report and saw his boy fall. He went to him and saw he had been shot in the back. Dr March was sent for, but the boy died about 4.30 on Wednesday. It was clearly a pure accident.

Roger Ford said he was 12 years of age. When the captain called his son, he handed witness the gun. Just before this it had been fired and he thought it was unloaded. He did not know the hammer was up. He took it expecting Gilbert Irvine to come back for it. He then aimed at the branches of a tree that was near, and it went off. He had never touched a gun before, except an air gun, and he did not know it was pointing at his companion. Irvine had walked about five steps when the gun went off and fell down as soon as it was fired.

Dr March, of Amesbury, said that the boy was shot in the back, and the wound was undoubtedly caused by a gun fired at a distance of ten to fifteen feet. Death was due to injuries to the lung and hemorrhage caused by the wound.

A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.

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