Soldier's Death.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

asked the Secretary of State for War the circumstances under which No. 4038893, Private Dootson, met his death; and why only provisional diagnosis of cause of death was communicated to his wife?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The verdict of the coroner's inquest was, briefly, that Private Dootson shot himself, there being no evidence as to the state of his mind at the time. The notification sent to the next-of-kin by the Officer in charge of Records was based on information given by the civil hospital in which Private Dootson died. The diagnosis was provisional pending the holding of the inquest.

Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

Can the right hon. Gentleman say why there was an alteration in the time of the arrival of the body at the station, and what the circumstances were which caused it?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

That is a new fact to me. Perhaps the hon. Member will let me look into it.