August 23rd 1919

Further to the news we had of the death of Capt. Charles Jerrard in May, Mrs Jerrard has received a letter (dated 7/8/19) from the War Office confirming the cause of Charles’ death:

“At about 7.15 p.m. on the 14thof May, 1919, this officer was found lying unconscious on the road near Godorf, by two nursing sisters who were travelling in an ambulance. A motor cycle with engine still running was in the ditch by him. He was taken at once to No. 36 Casualty Clearing Station at Bonn, but never recovered consciousness and died at 6.45 a.m. the next morning.

The bicycle was examined by a qualified mechanic, who says that the cause of the accident was the breaking of the front fork pin with the result that the front wheel would shoot forward, the engine and frame would drop on the ground, stopping the machine dead. The rider would naturally be thrown forward. When Captain Jerrard was found he was, as above stated, unconscious, and had a cut across his forehead and was bleeding profusely.

Captain Jerrard was Divisional Games Officer, and had frequently to go to Cologne to attend Sports Committees etc.”

Charles now lies buried in the Cologne Southern Cemetery.

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