I accidentally came across the memorial to the men involved in this disaster during a walk yesterday and subsequently looked up your site on the web.
If the R. Lockett, aged 51 was Reuben the son of Ephraim and Emma Lockett and husband of Annie, then he was the cousin of my wife's great grandmother, Elizabeth Lockett and as family history is my interest, I am writing to you.
What puzzles me is that I can find no record of the deaths of the three Locketts, listed as having died, in the official Government Index of Deaths registered in January, February and March 1918 and wondered why this might be.
If you have any information or ideas about this or further background, I should be delighted to hear from you.
Wed, 13 Jan 2010
Happy New Year to you.
I've been looking at your site again and have re-read Mike Hewitt's email of 7 June 2008 and can answer his puzzle about the registration of deaths for the three Locketts killed in 1918.
Some of the bodies of those who died in the disaster weren't recovered until 1919, including that of my great uncle Fred Rowley, and their deaths were registered in the Oct-Dec quarter of that year.
I looked them up on FreeBMD here http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl and Arthur and George's deaths were registered at Newcastle U Lyme in Volume 6b, page 86. Reuben's was registered at Newcastle U Lyme in Volume 6b, page 78.
I hope this is of help to him and anyone else trying to tie down the registration of death of a relative and can't find it.
|I'd be obliged if you could forward this onto him.