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RDC man shot


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Peter Thomson from Edinburgh was a Lance Corporal in the 202nd Protection Co of the RDC (No 16025). He died on the Scottish island of Raasay on 15th Nov 1917 as a result of a lung haemorrhage following a gunshot wound.  This is shown on his death certificate.  I’ve established that he was probably on Raasay guarding German POWs housed there to work in a mine. But I can’t find anything to explain how he got shot. Does anyone have any idea where there might be some record of the incident?   No trace in Scotsman newspaper archive. 

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If it was his fault or mistake by other guards then maybe newspapers encouraged not to print such stories. If shot by a POW then I'm sure the news would have been widespread. Interesting event in any case, maybe attempted suicide, argument that went too far, who knows. Good luck on the research.

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