An application was made in the Lancashire Court of Chancery yesterday regarding the mysterious disappearance of a Yeomanry lieutenant. The trustees of the will of Josephine Helen Silkenstadt, a Manchester lady, asked direction as to the disposal of £5,000 which testatrix had left to William M. C. Bagshawe, who was a lieutenant in the Derbyshire Regiment Imperial Yeomanry.
Bagshawe took part in the Boer War, and whilst on duty was thrown from his horse and sustained concussion of the brain. Being ordered home, he sailed for England in May, 1901.
On the 19th of that month, the vessel called at a port in Madagascar, and on that day Bagshaw went ashore with a party, including two Canadian ladies, with whom he arranged to go ashore again the next day. Early on the following morning he was seen on the deck of the vessel, after which he disappeared and was not seen further.
The Court was asked to assume that he fell overboard and was drowned, and therefore predeceased testatrix, the result of which finding would be to release the special bequest and enable the trustees to deal with it. The Vice-Chancellor authorised the trustees to divide the £5,000, on the assumption that Lieutenant Bagshawe died on May 20, 1901. Evening Express, Tuesday 28th November 1905