Would it be suitable to add Elsie Grace Gladwell to LOTFWW?
I am quite happy to accept that it is probably unsuitable, but just wanted to ask!
Although Grace did not serve in the war, she was accidentally killed by a soldier billeted at her home. Grace was the niece of Walter and Wilfred Gladwell who served in the war.
The Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury of 11 December 1914 has a lengthy article which gives details about the family and this tragic affair. Some days prior to the accident, men from the 5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers had been quartered in Otley and neighbouring parishes. Twenty-one Territorials were billeted with Mr Gladwell – five in the house and sixteen more in the barns. During the evening of Friday 4 December Mr Gladwell and his daughter were in the sitting room with Lance Corporal George Parry, Private Edward Williams and Private Peter Kirk. Grace was writing letters and Private Kirk was cleaning a rifle. He demonstrated how cartridges were unloaded, and Corporal Parry advised the men to put the rifle away.
Unfortunately the rifle went off when Private Williams picked up the rifle and accidentally pointed it in the direction of Grace. She was shot and killed, and even though Dr Frederick Meadows arrived shortly after the accident, he said that he could have done nothing to save her even if he had been on the spot. The coroner’s verdict was ‘death from the effects of wounds received by the accidental discharging of a bullet from a rifle”.
She is buried in Otley churchyard
Selena IWM Volunteer commented
Hi Sally, here is Elsie's life story:
Could you please 'flesh out' her life story with the details of her death?