|Reason for Loss
||Evening Despatch November 15th 1940: "Overcome by death of sweetheart. Airman's Suicide in Canal. A tragic story of depression, following the death of his sweetheart, was revealed at today's West Bromwich inquest on A/C John Wilson, aged 20, of the R.A.F., whose home was at 61, John Street, West Bromwich, and whose body was recovered from the canal off Church lane last Wednesday. His sweetheart, who was taken ill on November 3, died two days later from bronchial pneumonia and was buried on Monday. Wilson was given seven days' leave on November 3, and attended the funeral. His father told the Coroner that since then he had spoken only once and been very depressed, although previously he had always been cheerful. Returning a verdict of suicide whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed, the Coroner, Mr. Lyon Clark, said there was no doubt Wilson had taken very much to heart the death of his sweetheart. His grief seemed to be such that he had absolutely no thought for anything else.