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Re: whitburn cemetery, west lothian
« Reply #27 on: Tuesday 05 September 17 17:04 BST (UK) »
I have finally found the details of my Aunt Sheila's birth and death.  Her name was Sheila Dickinson. She never married.    She was born in 1924 and died in 1990 and I was told my Dad had a sister and that I was named after her.   But, nothing more.    She died in Dundee and the Dundee cemeteries have checked and there is no sign of a burial there.   They have asked me to check with the Crematorium and I am waiting for their reply.     My sister told me she saw my name on a headstone in Whitburn Cemetery and got such a shock because she was there at the funeral of our cousin in 2008 but by the time she returned to get more detail, the headstone was not there and a new headstone was erected, but without my Aunt's name on it.  It is a puzzle and I just want to know where she is rested.  I am hoping the Dundee Crematorium find something and perhaps her ashes were interred in Whitburn which would account for her name being on the old headstone, but why would her name not be on the new one?      Sheila

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Re: whitburn cemetery, west lothian
« Reply #28 on: Tuesday 05 September 17 19:14 BST (UK) »
Hi,

Glad you have found her details and hopefully the crematorium might have more details.

If she was cremated and her ashes interred in Whitburn, I would think that the Council would still have to have a record of this as they would have had to open the ground.

I hope you get the news that you are looking for.

Best wishes

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Re: whitburn cemetery, west lothian
« Reply #29 on: Tuesday 05 September 17 21:26 BST (UK) »
I will have a reply by 5 p.m. tomorrow from the Dundee Crematorium and will contact West Lothian Council to check if her ashes were indeed interred in the Grave in Whitburn.  I have the grave number. It is such a pity my parents didn't tell me about my Aunt, after all, I share her name and it would have been nice to know her.   I was 42 when she died and it defies belief that this was such a secret.    Back in the day I suppose parents kept such information to themselves but I just need to complete the puzzle.    My sister will also be relieved as she had the shock of seeing my name on a headstone and then the name to disappear after my cousin was interred in 2008 with a new headstone replacing the old one.   Thank you for your help, regards Sheila

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Re: whitburn cemetery, west lothian
« Reply #30 on: Wednesday 20 December 17 20:19 GMT (UK) »
My initial enquiry was about my aunr sheila's name on a headstone in Whitburn cemetery but I am no further forward as to what happened to this old headstone and why my aunt's name, Sheila Dickinson was on the headstone.      As, my aunt died in 1990 and this old headstone was replaced just after my cousin Andrew was interred prior to 1990 there was no reason for her name to be on a headstone as she was still alive.    A mystery!!!!  However, from her death certificate, I found out she died ion 18th December 1990 as a result of a vehicular collision as a pedestrian, Nearr Kinnaird and she was not buried as I thought she might have been, in Dundee.  But, in fact she was cremated on Christmas Eve 1990, in Dundee no family present and her ashes were passed from the Crematorium back to the Funeral Directors for a month but not claimed and then returned to the Crematorium and scattered in the woodland, no family present.  How sad is that.    She lived in Dundee in a high rise until her death in 1990 aged 66yrs. and the high rise flats were demolished in 1995 but I am trying to find out her start in life.   She was never adopted and never married or had children.   The Adoption Society in Edinburgh said it was common for a new baby to be looked after by a family until a placement was found in an orphanage.  But, I am struggling to find out where she grew up and why her family, 5 siblings, never sought to find her.   Orphanage records don't appear to be available for one reason or another so am unsure where I go from here.  I was told my dad HAD a sister and I was named after her.  No more.   Any help on orphanages would be appreciated, Sheila