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Richard PENFOLD (1939-1945)

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Richard Michael PENFOLD

1 Richard Michael PENFOLD (1939-1945) [142], son of Frederick William PENFOLD (1896-1985) [133] and Lula Pearl DEACON ( - ) [134].

Born 1939. Died 1945.

Paper Cutting: Six-Year-Old Boy Is Killed By .22 Bullet

A .22 calibre rifle, believed not to be loaded, about 5:30p.m. Sunday accidentally discharged and killed six and a half year old Michael Penfold, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Penfold of 11208 126 street.

The rifle was in the hands of a 16-year-old brother, at the time of the accident. The youngster was shot through the head and was dead when his parents arrived with him at the Royal Alexandra hospital.

Police said Michael, who was a Grade 1 student at Westmount school was standing on the front verandah of his home while his brother went to a car, parked in front of the house, and returned with the rifle he had borrowed earlier in the day from a friend.

Asked For "Look" Boy-fashion, young Michael asked his brother to "let me have a look at it". As the brother passed the rifle to Michael, the latter grasped it by the barrel, tilting the weapon upward.

According to witnesses, it was at that time that the rifle discharged.

It is believed a bullet had become lodged in the mechanism of the rifle in such a way as not to be visible unless under a very close examination, and for this reason it was thought the rifle was not loaded.

When Detective H. Nelson and Const, S.G Hooper from police headquarters arrived at the Penfold home, the parents had left with their son for the Royal Alexandra hospital.

Dies On Way

There the child was found to have died on the way. He was examined by an interne, Dr. R.J. Johnston, who stated the bullet had entered the child's head below the right eye and appeared to have lodged in the skull.

The body was taken the Andrews-McLaughlin funeral home.

Michael is survived, in addition to his parents and brother, by a sister, Daphne, 20 years old, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. V. R. Deacon of Midale, Sask.

The Rev. R.S Faulks, minister of St. Peter's Anglican church, will conduct a funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Andrews-McLaughlin funeral chapel. Burial will be at Edmonton Cemetary.

Michael was born in Saskatoon and came to Edmonton with his parents five years ago. His father is a commercial traveller.

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1"Richard Michael Penfold - Paper Cutting".
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Source: Richard Michael Penfold - Paper Cutting