Unsolved Murders

Walter Ablitt

Age: 23

Sex: male

Date: 24 Apr 1916

Place: Friskney

Walter Ablitt was shot in the early hours of Monday 24 April 1916.

He had been a private with the 2/6th Suffolks and had been stationed in Friskney for the previous two months.

He had left the camp earlier that day at about 12.30pm and returned later at about midnight. He had been to a woman's house in Skegness who said that he had told her that he had a headache but had been on perfectly good terms with her and members of her family. She said that he left her house at 9.30pm.

However, a lance-corporal that had been out with Walter Ablitt said that he had been queer in Skegness and had had a tiff with his friends.

Shortly after, at about 1am, Walter Ablitt was seen to leave his hut by a man that was out getting coal and then moments later a shot was heard.

Walter Ablitt then dragged himself back to the hut and lay down on the floor and a doctor was called for.

Walter Ablitt was found to be bleeding from beneath the chin. It was noted that after he was found he said nothing.

His cause of death was given as heart failure resulting from haemorrhage following his injury.

His inquest heard that there was no evidence to prove he took his life.

An open verdict was returned.

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see Boston Guardian - Saturday 29 April 1916