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Uxbridge ILP Leader Killed
GERMAN PRISONER'S TRAGIC DEATH
Private Carl Siebenhuhner, German Prisoner Drowned at Denham, Buckinghamshire. (a village just outside West London)
While bathing in the river Colne at the prisoner of War camp, Denham Lodge, on Saturday 9 August 1919, a German prisoner named Siebenhuhner got out of his depth.
He was unable to swim, and seeing that he was in difficulties, his comrades immediately went to his assistance, but without success and the body disappeared. Dragging operations were at once instituted, and the body was recovered from the water in less than a hour,
At the inquest held at the Lodge on Tuesday evening, by Mr A. E. Charsley coroner for South Buckinghamshire a verdict of accidental death was returned.
The deceased, who was twenty seven years of age was a single man, and had been a prisoner of war since 1916 (taken at the prisoner at the Battle of the Somme). the accident was particularly unfortunate as he was expecting to return to his home in Germany shortly.
The funeral of Private Carl Siebenhuhner took place at Denham on Wednesday,
The coffin covered with a flag, and surmounted with a couple of wreaths of holly and evergreens from his comrades, was placed on one of the motor lorries, and the cortege moved off from the camp at Denham Lodge with a firing party of the Royal Fusiliers leading and the whole of the Prisoners of War numbering about forty, following behind the coffin.
In addition to the two wreaths on the coffin, one of the German prisoners carried a beautiful wreath of white carnations subscribed for by all his comrades.
The first portion of the burial service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev G.C Battiscombe, was taken in the church and afterwards six of his comrades, specially chosen because of their near residence to him in Germany bore the coffin to the grave. Here the rector concluded the burial service, three volleys were fired by soilders from the Royal Fusilers and the last post sounded.The coffin bore the inscription Siebenhuhner, Carl 133rd Infantry Regiment, died August 9th 1919, aged 27, One of the wreaths was from his friend Erde.
Major Ernest John Webster Bruce
Tithe Farm, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
Formally Melbourne, Australia
Died 17th April 1919 aged 43
Major E.J. Bruce was well known in Melbourne, Australia as the Managing director with firm Paterson, Laing and Bruce.
Major Bruce was the son of late Mr J. T. Bruce and brother of Stanley Bruce MHR
Brother captain S.M. Bruce. Federal MP for Flinders constituency.
Served in 1st Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa during Boer War, which he had Joined at Jesus College, Cambridge.
Injury to left arm sustained in South Africa
Beginning of World War One in 1914 tried to rejoin but was rejected on health grounds.
And returned to Australia in 1914.
In July 1915 returned to England, Joined the Royal Field Artillery 18th Brigade in France Royal Rifles Artillery for three years
January 1916 served 94th battery as Subaltern until February 1918, when promoted to Acting Major of D/18 Battalion
Observation officer at Vimy Ridge, awarded military cross
Fought at the Somme, Vimy, and Ypers at the age of 40
Three years fighting undermined his health
Involved in great push of august and September 1918
“As an artillery subaltern, when over 40 years of age, was a task of great endurance”
He suffered from ulcerations and sleeplessness
His failing health undoubtedly caused his suicide, Major Bruce shot himself in the mouth with a service revolver.
Coroner Mr A.E.W.Charlsey for South Buckinghamshire
verdict “suicide while temporarily insane”
He left a wife May Lindsay Graham-Clarke (formerly Bruce, nee Jackson), of Glenrhos, Rhayader, Radnorshire and two daughters.
Family living in England four years
Buried Kensal Green, All Saint’s ChurchThe Argus Melbourne 2 July 1919