Date: 5 Jan 1920
Place: Baddiley, Nantwich
Albert Edward Kerley died after recieving a head wound.
He was found injured on 28 December 1919 and later died on 5 January 1919 from blood poisoning caused by an infection from germs..
A farmer was twice tried for his manslaughter but acquitted. He was said to have hit Albert Kerley over the head with a stick.
Albert Kerley had been in the army, King's (Liverpool) Regiment, for 23 years and was a Company Sergeant-Major. He had been on leave at the time and was visiting the farmer at Baddiley Farm. It was said that Albert Kerley had gone out in the afternoon and had later returned at 7pm and had a drink with the farmers family.
The farmers daughter said that whilst the farmer was out of the room Albert Kerley said to the farmer's wife, 'Come to France and leave him'. However, it was said that the farmer had been listening at the door and his daughter said that the farmer said, 'I won't allow him to take her to France'.
The farmer was later seen with a walking stick and Albert Kerley was later found with his head wound from which he died.
A doctor stated that Albert Kerley's wound was caused by a blunt instrument, but the defence stated that his wound was equally consistent with him having fallen against a piece of furniture.
see Nottingham Journal - Monday 01 March 1920
see Manchester Evening News - Thursday 29 January 1920
see Cheshire Observer - Saturday 31 January 1920