Thanks for this, Tim, you are almost certainly right, but I was assuming (obviously
wrongly), given that HHS died in 1971, that he would have died a widower. If his wife was
still alive as you suggest, I would have expected her to be the informant. In the
circumstances HHS appears to have died without any relatives being involved in the death
administration, which seems odd to me. However, HHS and Bessie might well have divorced by
From: Tim Treeby (Genealogy) via <devon(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Sunday, 31 August 2014, 10:07
Subject: Re: [DEV] DEATH CERTIFICATE ENIGMA: HARRY HOCKING SLY
If you have GRO Certificate could be possible that going from Local
Registrar to GRO that the dob got mistranscribed, could be woth checking
with local registrar as to what dob they have.
Also the Bessie M Sly who dies in Yeovil in 1962 is not his Wife.
As probate records state that she was a Widow. Probably the Bessie M
Newman who married a Robert E Sly in Weymouth in 1914.
Your Bessie Sly could well be the one who dies Q4 1976 Plymouth RD. DOB
given as 24/11/1890.
Which would tie up with a Bessie Netherton born Q4 1890 Plympton RD.
On 30/08/2014 23:58, sly211 via wrote:
> Hi Listers
> I wonder whether anyone has had a similar experience
> I am researching a possible ancestor, HARRY HOCKING SLY. I have his birth certificate
which gives his dob as 29 November 1891 at Yealmpton. This age is consistent with the ages
given on the 1901 and 1911 censuses, his wedding certificate (to BESSIE NETHERTON), and
his service record (he enlisted in the RNAS in August 1915)
> However, his death certificate records his dob as 29 November 1898. I have come
across several instances of an individual making himself younger by one or two years, but
seven years is a lot. He died of a heart attack on 6 May 1971 at the RN Hospital,
Stonehouse. The informant was a RN Lieutenant, 'causing the body to be cremated'
> Obviously the RN believed his dob to be as stated on the death certificate. I assumed
that, as his real age was 80, he might have reduced it at some time in order to remain
employed, possibly being in an occupation with a statutory retirement date (no occupation
was given on the death certificate)
> I found the death of a BESSIE M SLY in Yeovil district in 1962, and I am making the
assumption that this was indeed his wife. I have been unable to find any children from the
marriage, so it is possible that the RN had no alternative source for a dob
> John Sly
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