FLEMING, James Cameron Grant

Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Died : 
Friday, August 6, 1943
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Private James Fleming died as a result of a fall from a train. [1] and [2]

Extract from the Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 14 August 1943

In the early hours August 6 the mutilated body of a James Cameron Grant Fleming of 121 Main Street, Bonhill. Dunbartonshire was found on the line close to the L.M.S. station at Stafford. The circumstances attending his death were inquired into by the Stafford District Coroner Mr. W. W. M.  Morgon on Monday.  The police report disclosed that Fleming was proceeding to his home on sick leave, and travelled on the 9.40 p.m. express train from Euston to Glasgow. Travelling with him was Corporal Hardy, also of the Commandos.

Shortly after 2 am. police officers, in consequence of telephone message, went to the railway station, where they found Fleming's body on the main up line about 50 yards from the platform. The body had been completely severed. Harry Percy Lear, railway chief inspector, described the position in which the body was found, and stated that three or four minutes after the train on which Fleming was a passenger had passed through Stafford station, another train passed along the line in the opposite direction. Mr. F Egerton (L.M.S. district controller) stated that when the Glasgow train reached Crewe one of the doors was found to be open. The carriage had since been examined at Glasgow, and the doors were found to be in perfect order.  Pc. Arnold stated that a soldiers tunic, green beret, a badge and a case were found in a compartment of the Glasgow train.

A statement had been taken from Corporal Hardy, in whose company Fleming was travelling, and he said that at some stage of the journey Fleming left him saying was going to another compartment to lie down. The door which was found to be open when the train reached Crewe was almost opposite the compartment in which Fleming had travelled. No one witnessed his fall from the train.  Recording a verdict of accidental death the Coroner said there was no suggestion of suicide. The only reasonable conclusion that could be reached was that, in the darkness, the deceased opened the wrong door leading to the line, with the result that he fell from the train. [2]

[1] CWGC
[2] British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
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