The strange death of Sir Eric Teichman (1884-1944)

Spy, explorer, diplomat, Sir Eric Teichman travelled widely in central Asia in the 1920s and 1930s, across the Tarim Basin and over both the Pamir Mountains and the Karakorum Mountains on two journeys across China to India. He left detailed notes on routes and places in Gansu and Xinjiang while following the the Silk Road. His two books, Travels of a Consular Officer in North West China (1921) and Travels of a Consular Officer in Eastern Tibet (1922), are still well worth reading

Then, aged 60, he retired to his large country home, Honington Hall, in the tranquil border area of Norfolk and Suffolk (the house was demolished in 1966, but his grave may still be seen in St Andrew's Church in the village). He must have anticipated a peaceful retirement.

Ironically, after so many dangers and difficulties faced on his travels, Sir Eric died from a bullet to the head fired by an American soldier from a nearby US Airforce base, who was caught poaching with a fellow soldier on his estate (the murderer was later executed).