Fatal poisoning of Lieutenant Chevis

1931, 29 July: The Scotsman: Fatal poisoning of Lieutenant Chevis Royal Artillery after eating Manchurian partridge, his wife who was also poisoned recovered. Blackdown Camp.

One of the many mysteries in this case was the so-called "Hooray" telegram sent from Dublin to the deceased's father four days before any announcement was made to the press. It was considered that strychnine had been purchased in Dublin and introduced in to the partridge.

Acting on instructions from the Surrey police DI Sawkins of Eastbourne Police saw Major Jackson the previous husband of Mrs Chevis taking a long statement which was sent to Guilford.

The cook said the partridges had been brought to the house by a poultry man at lunch time. They were served at dinner by the batman who came back with one saying they were not fit and one was immediately put into the furnace.

Lt. Chevis was taken ill and a doctor called, then Mrs Chevis became very sick and a second doctor attended. A third doctor attended before the couple were taken to Frimley Cottage Hospital.

1931, 7 August: The Scotsman: The cause of the death of Lt Chevis had not been established as foul play, misadventure or accidental. The "Hooray" telegram remained a mystery and an expert on trapping partridge in Manchuria would be called at the inquest. There is some thought that they use poison berries.

1931, 19 August: The Scotsman: An open verdict was returned at the resumed inquest into the death of Lt. Chevis. Superintendent Stovell who is in charge of the investigation said the police would not drop their investigation. They would continue as searchingly as before the verdict of the Coroner's jury.

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