Caroline Mary <I>Hartley</I> Luard


Caroline Mary Hartley Luard

Death 24 Aug 1908 (aged 57–58)
Ightham, Tonbridge and Malling Borough, Kent, England
Burial Ightham, Tonbridge and Malling Borough, Kent, England
Plot Churchyard.
Memorial ID 47312846 View Source

Victim in the Seal Chart Murder case. She was a highly respected figure in her local community, of Ightham, Kent, being the wife of a County Councillor and an active supporter of local charities. At about 2.30pm on August 24th, 1908 she and her husband, Major-General Charles Edward Luard, set out for a walk in woodland close to their home. At 3.00pm they went their separate ways and, when his wife failed to return home, Major-General Luard went looking for her. At about 5.15pm he discovered her body on the veranda of their summer house, she had been shot and her rings and purse had been stolen. Major-General Luard was accused of his wife's murder by local gossips and was eventually driven to commit suicide. The case remains unsolved, although John Dickman, who was hanged for another crime in 1910, has been suggested as the likely culprit.

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