Burial for Catherine Louise WILLIAMS, 1921 - 1926 ?? (Parish Records)

by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Tuesday, June 03, 2014, 01:59 (2305 days ago) @ lee.blewitt

Hi Lee, welcome to the forum.

I've searched this site's PRs, the GlosBMD and FreeBMD sites for your records, I presume that you may have already searched these databases, if not please do.

Am I correct that this is the Birth you refer to, from FreeBMD

Births Mar 1921 (>99%)
Williams Catherine L Woollen Gloucester 6a 595

I'm surprised I've not found it on GlosBMD !?. Have you searched there ? http://ww3.gloucestershire.gov.uk/bmd/MainMenu.aspx

Similarly I cannot find a Baptism within this site's FoD PRs, possibly as the Forest is technically not within the Gloucester Registration District. I have tried searching the various spellings such as Catherine, Katherine and Kathleen. Nor can I find a Burial Record within the FoD PRs.

Similarly I presume this is the Death Record to which you refer, from FreeBMD ?

Deaths Jun 1926 (>99%)
Williams Kathleen L 5 Westbury S. 6a 294

As you say this does seem to fit wrt the age etc.

Sadly, however, you should realise this Record relates to a Death that was Registered within the Westbury on Severn Registration District. This link from the FreeBMD site clarifies. http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/westbury%20on%20severn.html

As I understand it even IF Kathleen was buried within the Westbury District, her Burial could have taken place anywhere within the District and not just Westbury village itself. As you can see Westbury District covers the whole eastern half of the Forest including the 18 Parishes mentioned, Cinderford for example has more than one cemetery.

Do you know whereabouts she lived her far-too-short life, not within Gloucester presumably (where her birth was registered) ?.
When you searched Westbury cemetery, did you include the newer additional area a short walk from the Church itself ?.

Finally for now, have you contacted the FoD Council to enquire ?. Sadly their website database is still offline, but they should still be able to advise you whether Catherine is buried at one of their two Cemeteries. That said, I don't think those have been in use since as long ago as 1926 ??

I hope this helps, if you can add any more background we can hopefully take it further tomorrow.

UPDATE ref FoD Council Municipal Cemeteries, Mile End and Cinderford.
I've just found this old website describing the beautifull Yew Tree Brake Cemetery at Cinderford. Judging by my past searches of the Council website, I thought it had been in use since the 1960s or so, and this site confirms this and states it opened in 1957.

"To meet a shortage of burial places within the Forest the East Dean rural district council opened a cemetery on the road from Cinderford to the Speech House in 1956 and the West Dean district council a cemetery at Mile End for an area covering Milkwall, Berry Hill, and Lydbrook in 1967."

From: 'Forest of Dean: Local government and public services', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St. Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp. 377-381.
URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=23269
Date accessed: 17 June 2014.

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