There was an echo of the Titanic disaster at a St Pancras inquest to-day on William Arthur Lucas, a seaman.
Lucas was on the Leeds to London corridor express on Wednesday night, and on the arrival of the train at King's Cross was removed to hospital with a bullet wound in the right temple.
Walter Lucas stated that his brother had been peculiar in his behaviour ever since he was shipwrecked on the Titanic. A sister said he had often declared himself to be fed up with the life at sea, and wished for a shore job.
W. Harvey Lawson, an engine-driver, who was a passenger on the train, said he heard a sound when the train was near Hitchin, which he took for a fog signal. Later he heard that a man had been shot, and found the deceased sitting in the corner of a first-class compartment with a wound in his temple and a revolver lying in the middle of the compartment.
Dy Sylk said the man died four hours after admission to the hospital without recovering consciousness, death being due to injuries from a gunshot wound in the head. The revolver must have been held close to the head, and it was the opinion that the wound was self-inflicted.
On the body was found a message saying that his property was to go to his sister, that he had made a fool of himself, and that he was "fed up." It was also stated that he had been worried about a girl.
The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide while insane.
William Arthur Lucas
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(1921) TITANIC SURVIVOR'S RASH ACT Sunday Post (ref: #20159, accessed 25th June 2017 11:37:33 AM) URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivors-rash-act.html
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