In an article in an Eagle & Gun Regimental Association news letter relating to the 59th Regiment HAA, A.S.Cross relates a tragedy that occurred at the start of WW2 (1939 or early 1940); Somewhere about this time the Regiment suffered its first casualty, all due to a silly mistake. At the time, sites were ‘Standing To’ an hour at dawn and an hour at sunset due to the threat of invasion from ‘Jerry’. On ‘Stand Down’ one of the rifle party was taking a practice aim on an aiming disc held by B.S.M. Herbie Wells. The rifle had not been unloaded or checked, there was in fact a live round in the chamber, thus, when the aiming sequence was completed the rifle fired and the round passed through his forehead, killing Herbie instantly. I would be very interested in anything relating to Herbie (Herbert) that you clever people can uncover. As he was a Battery Sergeant Major at the start of the war, I assume he was a career soldier, so probably at least in his mid-twenties (i.e. d-o-b around 1910?). I also wonder what the army told his relatives about the cause of death, which I guess could be mentioned somewhere.