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Another question on Records of Suicides

E Wilcock

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I have personal accounts referring to a suicide on the Western Front in July 1915. This was the view of one or two individuals.

The next day there was a Court of Enquiry into the death.Do the records of the Courts of Enquiry survive? It must have found that the shooting was accidental. Records show the soldier died of wounds and he has a proper CWGC grave.

From a personal perspective, I approve of this. As a historian, I am in favour of regarding suicides under persecution or war conditions as casualties. But I would be interested to know who sat on this court of enquiry and the reasoning at the time.

There is no mention in the War Diary.

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