Charles James Cox (31), of East Buildings, Chapel-street, Holborn, who had fought in the Boer War, was seen last Thursday to fall over the parapet of the viaduct carrying Rosebery-avenue across Warner-street, Clerkenwell. He alighted on his head on the pavement 30 feet below, and was taken to the Royal Free Hospital, where he died.
The mother of the deceased said he had two medals. Lately he had suffered considerably with his head, and had ague and pains in his knees.
The Coroner read a letter left by the deceased for his mother. It ran: -
"You know, dear mother, what a sleepless night I had. The war has done something for me. What with my knees and my ankles, I feel I cannot stand it any longer......Dear mother, you must bear up. I shall be happy. In the drawers you will find my two war medals. Give them to little Willie. God bless him. I hope to be a dead man to-night...…."
The mother added that her son had been strange in his mind lately.
The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst of unsound mind."
Derby Daily Telegraph, Thursday 26th January 1905
Possibly the Charles James Cox, whose birth was registered at Islington, in the third quarter of 1873.
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