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Quorn Wood Tragedy - Gamekeeper found shot - March 1917

Loughborough Herald - March 15th 1917

A sad tragedy was discovered in Quorn Wood on Tuesday. Mark Stokes, aged 51, under-gamekeeper to the Earl of Lanesborough, of Swithland Hall, left home last Thursday to go on his usual rounds, and did not return. Mrs Stokes reported the matter to Mr Percy Lloyd, the head gamekeeper, next day, and search was made by him, P.S Smith, and others, with no result until Tuesday morning, when the body of Stokes, with the greater part of his head shot away, was found in Quorn Wood. By his side lay a gun, which had apparently been discharged by means of a notched stick.

The deceased, it is stated, had been worried about his son, who lately returned to France after being home on short leave, and deceased's wife had also been ill for a time.

An inquest will be held tomorrow.

Additional note: Mark Stokes, his wife Annie and son George, lived in Keeper’s Lodge Cottage off Wood Lane in Buddon Wood, within the Parish of Quorn. George survived the war. Annie died in 1935 aged 73 and was buried in Quorn Churchyard.

 Submitted on: 2015-01-03
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1873
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