This Day In History: 1739-12-06

At Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia, Lt Col Lawrence Armstrong, first Commanding  Officer of Philipps’ Regiment (later the 40th Foot and then 1st South Lancashires) commits suicide by stabbing himself with his own sword. Or so the subsequent inquest decided. Strange that, since to do so he would have had to fall on his sword no fewer than 5 times, and then extract the blade before finally expiring.