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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:22 pm    Post subject: Ipswich  Reply with quote

1160 Private William Harry Ward, Suffolk Regiment. 3rd March 1915, aged 20. Son of William and Mary Ward, of 111, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

SUICIDE IN SWEETHEART'S PRESENCE.

A soldier who shot himself in his sweetheart's presence was the subject of an inquest at Hammersmith on Saturday. The man was William Harry Ward, aged 20, a private in the 6th Suffolk Territorial Regiment, of Foxhall-road, Ipswich.

Bessie Shell said she was engaged to Ward, who on Tuesday came to Botannic-gardens, Shepherds Bush, to stay with witness and her sister for a short holiday. He had several times asked her to marry him, but she had refused as she did not think he could afford to keep her.

After breakfast on Wednesday, he went upstairs and returned with a revolver, and smilingly said to her, "Yes or no." She replied "No," and he immediately shot himself in the right temple. A few minutes before he had asked witness to marry him, but she had declined. He died at the West London Hospital the same day.

An open verdict was returned.

(Morecambe Visitor, 10 March 1915)

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