World War 11 Casualties
Richards Leonard Edward
SPINE STRUCK BY BULLET
Medical evidence given at an inquest at Hobart yesterday on the death of Leonard Edward John Richards, a member of the military forces, who died at Tarraleah on October 4, suggested that a bullet struck his spine. The Coroner (Col Clark), after other expert evidence had been given, adjourned the inquest to Hamilton next Monday.
Dr C. Duncan said the post-mortem examination revealed a bullet wound in the chest and two exit holes on the left side of the small of the back. The rifle had not been close to the skin when it was fired. Causes of death were the bullet wound, fractured spine, and internal haemorrhage.
Evidence also was given by Frank J Pearson, armourer, who said that the rifle was in perfect order, and Sgt B. H. Whittle, ballistics expert, Det-Insp Fleming appeared for the police, and the Army Dept. was represented by Major R. R. Marsh.
The Mercury 3 Dec 1942
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