Aeronautics School Denham - details sought on death 27 June 1918

Discussion in 'Canadian' started by Pronto91, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. Pronto91

    Pronto91 Member

    Hi all,

    Looking for a bit of information that perhaps someone has or can point me in the right direction. When researching a death to a Canadian Engineer, 75085 Cpl Cecil Dyne Harrison, I came across something curious. He seems to have been transferred from 4th Canadian Divisional Signal Company to the Canadian Engineer Training Depot (CETD) and then on to the Aeronautics School at Denham. He died on 27 June 1918 "from misadventure".

    So, I'm looking for details on what this "misadventure" may have been and what training he was undergoing at Denham. If anyone can assist I'd be very grateful.


  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Hi Joe,

    According to his service file he had transferred to the Royal Air Force at the time of his demise.

    You might want to order the death certificate from the GRO: Registration Services - Certificate Ordering Service - Contact Us

    You'll need the info contained in the attached.

    The last "death by misadventure" I saw in a WW1 Canadian service file was the case of two wounded men who, after recovery, consumed a lethal dose of morphine.



    Attached Files:

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  3. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Snippet from local paper:

    Denham boxing tournament
    Cadet Cecil Dyne Harrison was matched against Cadet Craddock in a six two-minute round contest and within a few seconds of the of the last round Craddock delivered a blow which caused Harrison to fall to the ground, his head coming forcibly into contact with the floor. He died a few hours later.
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  5. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Should have added:

    The deceased came from Vancouver, and had seen service with a Canadian Divisional Signalling Company in France for two years. He was an only son, and it is stated that his father, who was also serving with a Canadian contingent, was killed in France a few weeks ago.

    Captain J Harrison gave evidence of identification and said the deceased was going through a course of instruction for the Royal Air Force. He was 26 years of age.

    The jury returned a verdict that deceased died as a result of an accidental fall, caused by a blow whilst boxing.

    He was buried in Denham Churchyard.

    Possible father? Casualty
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  6. Pronto91

    Pronto91 Member

    Thanks all! Amazing what people can turn up.

    Tony56: Can you provide the local paper's name and date for reference please?

    I don't think that's the right casualty report on the father. The age is stated as 34 which would make for only an 8 year age difference between father and son.
  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  8. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Replied via conversation.
  9. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Definitely not his father. His service file (page 6 of 74) shows Dad as Francis E. Harrison, assistant postmaster of Vancouver. The marriage certificate for Francis Edgar Harrison and Catherine Rose in Vancouver, 1906 shows him as a 45 yo widower and postmaster. Death certificate has him dying in Vancouver 7 July 1934, age 73.
  10. DrSpaceman

    DrSpaceman New Member

    Does anyone know what connection Cecil had with the village of South Warnborough in Hampshire? He is one of 15 names but we can find no record of him living in the village. TIA
  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Maybe grab a copy of his death certificate

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Cecil D Harrison
    Death Age: 26
    Birth Date: abt 1892
    Registration Date: Jun 1918
    Registration district: Eton
    Inferred County: Buckinghamshire
    Volume: 3a
    Page: 910

    Should provide a cause of death


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