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« on: April 09, 2017, 06:03:24 AM »

Date of Death:17/11/1942
Regiment/Service:Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment), R.C.I.C. 5th Inf. Bde. Defence Platoon
Grave Reference: 33. H. 6.
Additional Information:Son of Colonel Reginald Van Every Conover and Mary Luella Conover, of Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Chichester Observer - Saturday 28 November 1942

"Accidental death" was the verdict returned at an inquest held at the Graylingwell Emergency Hospital on November 19th, concerning the death of a young Canadian officer, Lieut. James M. Conover (21), who was killed by being thrown from a motorcycle at Lavant on November 17th.

Private A. W. Beauchamp, of the Canadian Army, gave evidence that certain exercises had been in progress, and the unit was returning towards Halnaker. Witness was one of a party in a lorry which the deceased officer was following on a motorcycle at a little distance being entirely by himself. When taking a hill the motorcycle began to wobble, and went out of control, with the result that the deceased was flung off. The lorry pulled up, being then about 75 yards from the scene of the accident. He and others went back, and found deceased lying unconscious.

Sergeant-Major H. Scott said he heard one of the men in his truck shout that Lieutenant Conover had fallen off his machine. When he got to him he was still breathing, but he did not speak. Witness made arrangements for an ambulance and accompanied deceased to the first aid post at Lavant House.

A captain of the Canadian Medical Service said the deceased was already dead when he saw him in the ambulance. Death was due to cerebral injury and hemorrhage, caused by a fracture of the skull.

The Coroner (Mr. J. W. Loader Cooper) was informed that a careful inspection was made of the motorcycle after the accident, and that no defects were found which were likely to have caused the machine to wobble.

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2017, 10:00:09 AM »

James McCleland Conover

See attestation Paper.

Arrived in UK 3.7.1941

Awarded Defence & War Medals and  CVSM & Clasp

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