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He was the son of Mr and Mrs W C Kirk. He was the husband of Annie Elizabeth Kirk of 7 Myrtle Avenue Sherwood Rise Nottingham.
He was a plumber.
29 Apr 1919
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Private
Private Charles Bernard Kirk, 3rd Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, was killed in an accidental shooting at Palace Barracks, Holywood, Belfast, on 29th April 1919. He is buried in Nottingham (New Basford) Cemetery.
Article published in the Belfast Newsletter dated 30th April 1919 :- “HOLYWOOD BARRACKS TRAGEDY. “Soldier Accidentally Killed. “A tragic accident occurred yesterday [29th April 1919] morning at the Palace Barracks, Holywood, in which Private Charles B. Kirk, of the Somerset Light Infantry, was killed. The deceased was on the point of leaving for home, having received a telegram telling him that his wife was seriously ill. He was on the rota for guard duty yesterday morning, and on receipt of the telegram consulted the sergeant of the guard with a view to obtaining leave. The latter was engaged in filling up the necessary papers, and had left his rifle (which was loaded) near the door while doing so. “A bugler boy named Sydenham came into the room, picked up the rifle not knowing it was loaded, and pulled the trigger. Immediately Private Kirk fell, the bullet having passed through his back. Medical assistance was summoned, but the unfortunate man was past all human skill. The military authorities are holding an inquiry into the circumstances of the tragedy.” obituary published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 3rd May 1919 :- “KIRK. – Accidentally killed at Holywood Barracks, Belfast, after serving nearly three years overseas, Charles Bernard, the devoted husband of Annie Elizabeth Kirk, 16 Sturton Street, and only son of Mrs. Margerson, 7 Myrtle Avenue. Military funeral, Basford Cemetery, 2.30, Wednesday, 7th inst.” (May 1919) Above items are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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