‘Lovely, friendly and active’ former soldier found dead in field, inquest opening hears

PUBLISHED: 13:20 03 July 2020 | UPDATED: 14:31 03 July 2020

Bilney Hall Care Home. Picture: Ian Burt

Bilney Hall Care Home. Picture: Ian Burt

A “lovely, friendly and active” retired soldier was found dead in a field last month, an inquest opening has heard.

On Tuesday, June 16, a man’s body was discovered in a field off of Litcham Road in Gressenhall, near Dereham.

An inquest opening at Norfolk Coroners’ Court held on Friday heard that the man discovered was 86-year-old George Gilder, who lived at Bilney Hall care home in East Bilney.

During the short hearing, area coroner Yvonne Blake said Mr Gilder was a retired soldier who was born in Maida Vale, west London.

His medical cause of death was given as blood loss due to self-inflicted cuts.

A spokesman for Bilney Hall, where he lived, said: We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr Gilder’s family and friends, and are currently supporting his wife, who also lives in the home, at this sad and difficult time.

“George was a lovely, friendly and active man who will be missed by everyone here at Bilney Hall.”

A full inquest into his death was scheduled to take place on Friday, December 11.

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