Date: 16 Jun 1940
Place: Altrincham Station
George Herbert Farr was shot on a train.
He had been seated in the train as it drew into Altrincham station on Sunday 16 June 1940.
Another soldier was charged with his manslaughter but later discharged after the Chairman announced that the Bench did not think that a prima facie case had been made out against the soldier. However, a representative of the Director of Public Prosecutions said that they would appeal the decision.
The prosecution said that the soldier had been on the train with two other soldiers travelling from Manchester and that the soldier had taken a rifle that belonged to one of the other soldiers down from the rack and had 'fiddled about with it'. It was said that there was later the report of a gun and that the soldier jumped up with a wound in his right foot. However, screams could also be heard from the next compartment and it was found that the bullet had also hit George Farr who had been sitting in that compartment. When the soldier was charged, he said, 'I say it was accidental'.
The bullet had penetrated the upholstery and the partition between the two compartments and had entered George Farr's back.
He was found to be dead on arrival at Altrincham General Hospital.
The post-mortem stated that George Farr had lost a large quantity of blood and that his death was due to shock and haemorrhage.
George Farr was from Luton and it was noted that he had been in Flanders. He was a Private in the RASC.
see Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 25 June 1940
see Belfast News-Letter - Tuesday 25 June 1940, p2
see Western Daily Press - Tuesday 25 June 1940, p6
see Liverpool Daily Post - Thursday 20 June 1940, p5
see Liverpool Evening Express - Wednesday 19 June 1940, p4
see Manchester Evening News - Monday 17 June 1940, p3