Thought that I would place this here. The 25th Batt., Rifle Brigade were a Territorial Battalion of the R.B.'s and based at Falmouth during the war. Most of the battalion were older soldiers that came from other regiments, Harwood and Barkers records survive and these newspaper articles come from Harwood's papers.This incident happened on the 26/9/16. Three Riflemen who walked over the Quay Roll Call Mystery Mr. E.L. Carylon held an inquest yesterday on the bodies of three soldiers of the Reserve Batt., Rifle Brigade (T.F.), found in the mud off Penryn Quay on Wednesday morning. The deceased were No. 2163 Rifleman George Harwood, aged 31, single, of Cury Rivel, near Taunton; No. 1268 Rifleman William Barker, aged 29, single, of London; and No. 1285 Rifleman W. Harrington, aged 19, single, of London. The Mayor (Mr. B. Annear) was present, and Captain Darling, R.B., represented the military authorities. The Coroner said the three men visited Penryn on Tuesday night, and probably were returning to camp, when it was supposed they walked over the quay. It was pretty clear they were seen going in the direction of the quay, and being strangers, instead of taking the turning to the right, as they should have done., they walked stright on - a very natural thing to do - and walked over the edge of the quay. Three soldiers were seen walking down the hill arm-in arm, and that might account for all of them falling over and getting drowned. There was the possibility that two might have fallen over and the other gone to their rescue. That was bare surmise, and the evidence would not throw a great deal of light on the matter. Recovery of the Bodies Jes. Collins deposed to seeing the bodies lying in the mud off the quay on Wednesday morning. If the men went over about ten o'clock the previous night it would have been about half tide then. P.C. Pellew said when he arrived at the quay the Mayor had organized a party and borrowed ladders and ropes, and a man in high boots went out and recovered the bodies. Two were on the eastern side of the quay and in a direct line with the road leading to the quay. The Coroner: If the men had walked straight down from the town to the quay, you would have expected to find the bodies where you did? That is so. It was a very dark night annd blowing hard. There is a lamp at the entrance to the quay. It was shaded, but a fair light, in a direct line with the road on the left hand side of the quay, and throwing light all around for a dozen yards. The entrance to and the sides of the quay are not protected? - They were not protected then, they were last night. The Coroner: Shutting the door after the horse had gone, eh? - Something of that principle. As a matter of fact this quay naver has been protected? - Not in my memory. Would it prevent the free use of the quay to put a fence round? - In the daytime it would when there is work to be done. Do vessels ever load or discharge at night? - Very rarely. At the entrance to the quay is there any gate or place to put a chain across? - There is nothing. The quay is all open? - Yes. A juror: There is nothing to prevent a chain being put across the entrance. There is a house one side and a wall the other. The Coroner: That is what is being done now? - Yes. The juror: Yes.The same night a gentleman told me he had met two soldiers making direct for the quay, and he told them to make a turn to the right. They thanked him and went on the right road. The foreman of the jury (Mr. Curgenven) said there were some stones deposited on the quay, and the deceased must have gone a little to the right to have avoided them. The lamp,, an all night one, was at the end of the road end of the quay, and not at the quay head, so it ought to have been helpful. Rifleman F. Hill indentified the body of Harwood and Rifleman John Wray those of Barker and Harrington. They last saw them alive at six o'clock on Tuesday evening. P.S Johns said he had elicited from inquiries that three soldiers were seen arm-in-arm both in Broad Street and at Quay Hill shortl after nine o'clock. - The Coroner: You get a great number of soldiers here? - Yes; this last week a great number have been here.