Tragedy stuns all who knew Pauline

PUBLISHED: 14:02 30 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

A FORMER Army Major from Chardstock was crushed to death by her own vehicle near the community hall.

A FORMER Army Major from Chardstock was crushed to death by her own vehicle near the community hall.Pauline Armour, 86, died as she got out of her Land Rover to open a gate at around 8.30am on Friday, September 26.Mrs Armour was found unconscious trapped between the vehicle and the gate by the village sub-postmaster Phil Leonard. His wife Teresa rang the emergency services.Paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes and carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation until the air ambulance arrived and flew her to Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital.Mrs Armour, who lived in the hamlet of Holy City and worked in Chardstock Stores and Post Office, was declared dead an hour later.Mr Leonard had spotted Mrs Armour from his window and rushed to help her.He said: "I couldn't do anything to help her at that point. It was a very tragic accident and it's very, very sad for everybody in the village."She was an absolute gem and knew everybody in the village. We found her invaluable. All her friends would come in to see her and have a little chat."She was a remarkable woman. She often babysat for us and for our children. She was like an adopted grandmother."He said Mrs Armour had been in the village for around 50 years, and had run the post office single-handed for two years before they arrived, after the former owner died. She was kept on as a member of staff and worked every Friday.Postmistress Mrs Leonard said: "Most of the farmers would say 'good morning Major'. She was very well known and well-liked - without her the village wouldn't have had a post office or shop. People have been shaken by the news, saying they just can't believe it. And many have come into the shop saying how she helped them in one way or another. She was a really lovely lady."It was upsetting to find her but we decided to keep the shop open rather than keep going over it. "I've never known anybody like her for her age. She was fit, healthy, independent and a bit of a character, with a sharp mind. I never imagined she would go before us - she seemed to go on and on. She had illnesses but got through them and back to work. It was a tragic way for her to go."Mrs Armour leaves a daughter who lives in Taunton and two sons who live further away.

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