Cambridge Independent Press – 9 Jun 1916
Walden Soldier’s Death
Whilst in charge of the guard on Monday morning, Cyclist Corporal Arthur Brand, of the London Cyclists, son of Mrs. Brand, Debden Road, Saffron Walden, was accidentally shot by a comrade.
It appears that he was on duty at nine o’clock. When one of the guard was patrolling the bridge he heard the report of a rifle, and on going into the guard house he found Brand lying on the floor in a pool of blood. A comrade was in the room with him.
Dr. Todd and one of the Army surgeons were sent for, but could do very little, and death took place a few minutes after the accident. The body was removed to an adjoining room to await the inquest.
The inquest was held on Tuesday, when the depositions showed that death resulted from a bullet wound, which entered the top of the right eye and pierced through to the head. It appears that the comrade was handling a rifle, which was supposed not to be loaded, and whilst doing so the weapon went off. The comrade was very much distressed, he being a friend of Corpl. Brand.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally killed” and sympathy was expressed with the relatives.
Corpl. Brand was 25 years of age.
In Memory of
Corporal Arthur BRAND
1282, 25th Bn., London Regiment (Cyclists)
who died on 05 June 1916
Husband of Lily Mildred Brand, of 30, Mersea Rd., Colchester.
Remembered with honour Saffron Walden Cemetery. Grave Ref. Compt. 24. Grave 48.
[British Newspaper Archive]
[Commonwealth War Graves Commission]