He died in the early hours from a house fire with his brother William Robert 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" .
Buried with his brother in Commercial Road Cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, in Dutch Reformed and Presbyterian section, Map 1F, Section 1E, Plot 3, with tombstone.
See William Roberrt for more details.
WikiTree profile Runciman-247 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 (probably daughter of Jessie & Dr CHILD)
↑ Source: #S2567 Page: Dth 1878 Alexander Edwin 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 Alexander 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: