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Memorial Cross to CSM Carney - A Tragic Accidental Death

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Memorial Cross to CSM Carney - A Tragic Accidental Death

Memorial Cross, George VI (B.435084 CSM. W. CARNEY) Naming is officially engraved, residue from previous mounting, however remains fine condition. Accompanied by complete digital records from the National Archives of Canada. Footnote: William Carney, born 1895 in Lancashire, England, was working in the paper trade in Georgetown, Ontario prior to enlisting in March 1942. He states that his previous military experience consists of 2 years with the Lorne Scots as well as service in the Great War with the 6th Battalion K.O.Y.L.I. (Imperials). Carney spent the majority of his time participating in further instruction and refreshment courses at Niagara Camp and Long Branch. Please see attached. Nonetheless, it was during an evening out that Carney met an unfortunate end. Outlined in a lengthy series on testimonies and descriptions, Carneys death was the result of a night out drinking and a tragic accident with a locomotive. On the night of November 16th 1944 and the early hours of November 17th, Carney was struck by a train after drinking wine, suffering a severed arm and leg. His body was found later on the morning of November 17th 1944. As a result, there was a lengthy inquiry with citations and testimonies from over ten witnesses and involved parties. The subsequent ruling of the inquiry is visible in attached images. Carney left behind a wife and three children.
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