He died in the early hours from a house fire the night before with his brother Alexander Edwin when a paraffin lamp or similar was knocked over while the baby sitter was out of the room (maybe talking to a soldier in the street) perhaps in horse play, while the parents were at the theatre on a Friday night. For years they were referred to erroneously as "the twins" (see Natal Witness etc).
Date: 02 JUN 2007
Prior to import, this record was last changed 02 JUN 2007 .
WikiTree profile Runciman-245 created through the import of RUNCIMANDavidBROWNMargaretLineage1a4MyHeritageWikiTree.ged on Oct 22, 2011 by L Henderson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by L and others.
↑ Source: #S2333 Page: RUNCIMAN mailing list resources, (http://www.guernsey.net/~sgibbs/runciman/) pdf file on brothers John and William RUNCIMAN in Sth Africa, written by Mrs Mary RUNCIMAN, extracted Sep 2005 Note: 1966 information from Mrs Monica Sheena GOBLE (was the daughter of Jessie & Dr CHILD)
↑ Source: #S2567 Page: Dth 1878 William Robert RUNCIMAN, from "A Brief History of our Branch of the Runciman Family", rcvd & extracted May 2007
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with William by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: