In the later part of his
life, and in the final months leading up to his death King
George from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and
pleurisy., He also had septicaemia,.
15th January 1936, the
King took to his bedroom at Sandringham House complaining of
a cold; he would never leave that room alive again,. He
became slowly weaker and weaker, drifting in and out of
20th January 1936, Led
by a team of Doctors, the senior doctor, and the Kings
personal physician, Bertrand Dawson, took the unanimous
decision to euthanize the king. Giving the King a mixture of
Morphine and cocaine he injected the King, there is no
evidence that the king had requested this, therefore it must
be considered murder.
Dawson kept a diary, which
was not made pubic until 1986, in it he said:-
""At about 11 o'clock it was evident that
the last stage might endure for many hours, unknown to the
patient but little comporting with the dignity and serenity
which he so richly merited and which demanded a brief final
scene. Hours of waiting just for the mechanical end when all
that is really life has departed only exhausts the onlookers
and keeps them so strained that they cannot avail themselves
of the solace of thought, communion or prayer. I therefore
decided to determine the end and injected (myself) morphia
gr.3/4 and shortly afterwards cocaine gr. 1 into the
distended jugular vein."
Dawson wrote that he acted
to prevent any strain on the family and so that the King's
death at 11:55 pm could be announced in the morning edition
of The Times newspaper rather than "less appropriate ...