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Coroners Reports and Registering of deaths

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Beverley Report 17 Apr 2013 19:07

I have finally tracked down DAVID WADHAMS death. Thanks to the British Newspaper Archives being put on line.Turns out he was found dead in an outhouse in Southend, heart attack, no suspicious circumstances. In his pocket was a letter from his wife saying she needed money and a note giving his name and address in West Ham. He died somewhere between August and September 1902.
I have trawled the death records and even had a GRO search done (by a very helpful gentleman who came at the search from several different angles) but to date I can find no record of his death.
I have no idea where to look now or what to actually look for, are there special records for Coroners death notifications, could he have been registered as unknown possible identity as David Wadhams. Would his wife have to have identified him?
Can any one help me this search is over 15 years old now and I would love to resolve it. David's grandaughter is still alive and would dearly love to know the answer to this mystery.
Bev :-(

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 17 Apr 2013 19:20

When you say you have had a GRO search, was this at national level?
I am just wondering if he was registered near place of death....after the inquest.... but never made it onto the GRO master copy, held nationally.

He would not be registered until the circumstances of his death had been investigated, so the registration can be later than you would at first expect.

What was the date of the newspaper report?



mgnv Report 17 Apr 2013 20:12

Do either of these fit your guy:

Deaths Sep 1902 (>99%)
Unknown Male 55 Rochford 4a 312

Deaths Dec 1902 (>99%)
Unknown Male 30 Rochford 4a 355


ArgyllGran Report 17 Apr 2013 20:42

Or this one? He would have been 49 in 1902 (born 1853 per 1901 census, and per Beverley's old message here:, but perhaps they didn't attempt to guess his age:

Deaths Sep 1902 (>99%)
Unknown Male ? Rochford 4a 319