Qualified shoe maker group "C" on December 29, 1943.
The Elgin Regiment was part of the 25th Armoured Regiment.
attd. H.Q. 4th Cdn. Armd. Div.
Precis of evidence:
On the 7th Oct 44, at approximately 2235 hrs, on the main North South road through Eeklo, Belgium at a point south of the railway station, the body of A/44270 Trooper Schram L.L. was found lying on the roadway. It had previously been struck by some vehicle, as there was a pool of blood beneath the body when it was found having been immediately run over by K/74807 Gunner McGaughey A, apparently for the second time.
Fracture base of skull, fractured ribs (very severe), resulting in death.
Findings of the court:
(1) A/44270 Tpr Schram L.L. died sometime between 2200 hrs and 2230 hrs, 7 Oct 44, from multiple injuries including fracture at the base of the skull.
(2) From the medical testimony as to the nature of the injuries and the position of the body when discovered, it appears that the injuries from which he died were inflicted by a moving vehicle which struck him and knocked him to the hard surface road on the main highway South East from Eeklo, Belgium at MR 096945 (crossroad Spoorwegstraat and Schaperijstraat, Eeklo, Belgium) Sheet 2 (Gent, Belgium).
(3) There is no evidence of any kind available to indicate what person or persons caused the death of Tpr Schram or whether their conduct was negligent in any particular in view of the very dark night.
(4) It was clear from the evidence that Tpr Schram was already dead at the time when his body was struck by vehicle driven by K/74807 Gnr McGaughey A, 3 Medium Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery and no blame can be att to him in respect of the death of Tpr Schram.
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