Cecil Bertram MALCOLM

MALCOLM, Cecil Bertram

Service Number: 222
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen
Born: Gawler West, SA, 10 September 1879
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Warehouseman
Died: Kalgoorlie, WA, 9 February 1919, aged 39 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Kalgoorlie Cemetery, W.A.
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1 Oct 1899: Involvement Corporal, SN 222, 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Inquest into his death

MR. MALCOLM'S BODY FOUND.
The search for the body of the late Mr. Cecil Bertram Malcolm, who was reported on Tuesday evening, to have committed suicide by shooting himself in the head while coming in to Kalgoorlie from Boorara., via Bulong-road was continued Wednesday morning an hour after the first police party returned. Constables Don and Abbott, the former of whom was out in the first search, and returned at 12.45 a.m.,- returned to the locality an hour later. Messrs. J. Strong, J. Riley, M. M. Simpson, and J. Baillie, four of the deceased friends, left Kalgoorlie about the same time with the object of finding the remains. The search was continued between the 4 mile and 5 mile posts till the break of day at 4 o'clock, when the quartet found the body close to the 4 mile peg, and the police came on the scene almost at the same time. The deceased, who was lying on his back, had a bullet wound in the right temple, which probably caused instantaneous death. The revolver, which, it transpires, was bought by Malcolm at the Bairds Company, Kalgoorlie, on Tuesday morning, was lying on the ground beside him. The body was then removed to the morgue by the police. An inquest was opened at 11 o'clock in Kalgoorlie, by Mr. P. Whelan, J. P, deputy coroner with a jury consisting of Messrs. James .T. Gibson (foreman), Michael J. Carrzog, and William Beattie, who visited the morgue and viewed the body of the deceased. The body was identified by George Tweedie0 who iwas with Malcolm when he shot himself. They next visited the scene of the tragedy, and inspected the surroundings, after which the inquest was adjourned till 3 p.m., but as the foreman had not arrived at 3.30 p.m., a further adjournment till 11 a.m. on the 18th inst., was made. Rumours were circulated in Kalgoorlie yesterday to the effect that the deceased's taking of his life was due to financial difficulties. It was also said that Mr. Malcolm was suspended from work on Tuesday morning, in consequence of his being considerably behind in his accounts, and that action was about to be taken against him by Messrs. Richard Holmes and Co. Mr. R. Everett, local manager, for the firm, gives these rumours an emphatic and indignant denial. He declares that there is no foundation whatever for them, and that Mr. Malcolm was one of the firm's most valued employees. He deeply regrets that any such rumours as those above referred to should have been circulated.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William and Alice Mary MALCOLM