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PATER WARD COMMIT- j TEES.i

PEMBROKE DOCK CHORAL SOCIETY.

PENNAR GUT FATALITY.

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PENNAR GUT FATALITY. THE INQUEST ON COOPER. On Thursday Mr. Herbert Price, the coroner for the South district, held an in- quest on the body of James Cooper, aged 21, a sapper in the Royal Engineers, who was drowned by the capsizing of a boat under circumstances set forth in our last issue. The body had been recovered in mid-stream near Bentley's Ferry. John Scott, a sapper, said he and the deceased were stationed at Pennar bar- racks. On December 24th they went for a trip to Pembroke Dock, and returned about 5.30 p.m. They were both perfectly sober. It was dark, and they had the wind against them. The boat "filled with water, and while they were trying to get to land she capsized, and both were thrown ;nto the water. Deceased could not swim and both clung to the boat as iong as tnev could, and shouted for help Witness could swim, and could have saved him- self, but he was afraid he would be unable to help his comrade all the way to the shore. For that reason they clung to the boat as long as they could, but as the boat turned over and over they lost their hold on her. They got on to some mud, and he C, got hold of deceased and started to swim. After a few strokes Cooper let go of wit- ness, who got on to the mud after a few strokes. He was,_ however, too exhausted to render Cooper any assistance, and as soon as possible he got to the barracks and gave the alarm. P.C. Charles Harding gave evidence as to the finding of the body, after which the jury brought in a verdict of accidentally drowned." THE FUNERAL. The funeral of the victim of this de- i plorable accident took place on Saturday, with full military honours. The body was conveyed by boat from Pennar barracks to Hobbles Point. The funeral cortege was here formed and proceeded to the ceme- tery. First came a firing party from the 2nc. Wiltshires Regiment, with arms re- versed, and then the band of that regiment playing the "Dead March," alter which came the coffin on a gun carriage, en- veloped with the Union Jack and bearing upon it the deceased's helmet and accoutre- ments. Then came a large number of deceased's comrades in the Royal Engin- eers. As the procession wended its way through the snow to the cemetery -it at- tracted much attention, and there was also a large crowd at the cemetery, 'ihe offici- ating clergyman was the Rev. T. Jones. After the coffin was lowered into the grave the usual three volleys were fired and the bugler sounded the "Last Post." Some choice floral tributes were placed on the grave and then the band formed up and proceeded back to camp playing a march.

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