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A Fatal Train Accident

Updated: Jul 28

When I was a young girl, remember being told about a relative who was hit by a train. I didn’t really take much notice then, and it wasn’t until I was much older that I started researching my family tree. Sadly, my interest started after all my older relatives had died so I couldn’t ask them about him. I started by looking at my Grandparents and ordering their marriage and birth certificates. From these I could find the names of their respective fathers and I could then find them on the census. I knew that they all had lived in West Norwood, we hadn’t moved very far just

up to the top of the hill. I found my Grandfather Samuel Charles Knight on the 1911 census and there was his father Samuel Boyce Knight with his occupation given as a Platelayer. I decided to order his death certificate, he had died in 1931, four years after my Grandparents had married. I have no photograph of him but he is probably somewhere in the wedding photo of his son, Samuel Charles Knight but I cannot say for certain which one he is.

Many people ignore death certificates but sometimes they can give us a whole new perspective on the lives of our ancestors.




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Margaret Thomas B.A (hons),

Ad Dip. Local History (Oxford University).

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