Can't find death record

+1 vote
So I asked this question before for George's parents and got some useful information so am asking again for George.

I have limited information about him. I have the baptism confirming his full name, date of birth and parents. He's in the 1901 census as just "George" with his family, and again in the 1911 census as "George William", living as a servant with an unrelated family in Yorkshire. And that's all I know about him.

I've been trying to find a death record for him under George William, George W and just George but haven't been able to do so. I've also tried variants of the surname spelling but haven't been able to find anything still.

I don't believe he ever married or had children but the lack of a death date is annoying me so if anyone is able to find anything it would be appreciated.
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I did find this record but I'm not convinced it's him especially as he is absent from the 1939 register:

Name: George Dowding
Death Age: 69
Birth Date: abt 1891
Registration Date: Apr 1960
[May 1960] 
[Jun 1960] 
Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
Registration district: Newcastle upon Tyne
Inferred County: Northumberland
Volume: 1b
Page: 125
Seems to be the only one where age at death adds up. Edit: just realised the age at death doesn't add up here - he would've been 67/68 depending on if his birth date had passed. But it could (maybe?) still be a possibility if his age had been misreported.

Another possibility is that he was only using his middle name William at the time of his death. Again, I'm sceptical because he isn't in the 1939 register, but the family used to have links to West Ham in Essex (although none of the remaining family were living there at the time of death so I'm not sure).

Name: William Dowding
Death Age: 59
Birth Date: abt 1893
Registration Date: Jan 1952
[Feb 1952] 
[Mar 1952] 
Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration district: West Ham
Inferred County: Essex
Volume: 5a
Page: 620

Edit: there was a William Dowding born in West Ham in Jul-Aug-Sep 1892 so this is probably him and not my George. 

3 Answers

+2 votes

I think George and George William are 2 different people.

Name: George Dowding
Gender: Male
Age: 4
Birth Date: 23 May 1892
Admission Date: 24 Aug 1896
School: St John The Evangelist School
Father: Sidney Dowding
Notes: Non-provided school school (0136)

Source Citation

London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; School Admission and Discharge Registers; Reference: LCC/EO/DIV03/STJOH2/AD/004

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Name: George William Dowding
Registration Year: 1892
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration district: Marylebone
Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
Inferred County: London
Volume: 1a
Page: 595

Source Information

FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

The baptism image on Ancestry shows his date of birth hand-written along with the name George William and parents Sidney and Annie (Elizabeth's nickname) so I think they are the same person but with the middle name erroneously missing on some records.

FreeBMD doesn't always have the information the GRO does :

GRO Reference: 1892  S Quarter in MARYLEBONE  Volume 01A  Page 595

+2 votes
I cannot find him conclusively out of various possibilities with George Dowdings anywhere in the world, and not found on UK 1939 Register so a mystery after 1911 census
by Chris Gilbert G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)
edited by Chris Gilbert
+2 votes
Probably not him but might be worth investigating, the CWGC has Private G Dowding 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment died 26 July 1915 Strand Military Cemetery VII P7 Belgium. Nothing known about next of kin.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (271k points)
Thanks for sharing this. I had a look and, while this person's name was George Dowding, I found it was a different person, parent Jane Dowding and child Robert Dowding.

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