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Title: Death Certificate
Post by: pompey welsh on Friday 31 July 20 15:30 BST (UK)
Hi,

I have just recieved this death certificate through the post but can't make out what the occupation and cause of death are.
Any help is greatly appreciated  :)
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: cath151 on Friday 31 July 20 15:34 BST (UK)
Pensioner and Natural Decay Certified.

Cathy :)
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: pompey welsh on Friday 31 July 20 15:41 BST (UK)
yup, can see pensioner now, Thank you....but what does it say above...all i can see is 'a 32 ???? coal.
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: rosie99 on Friday 31 July 20 16:00 BST (UK)
Is there anything written at the side of the certificate.  I think the 32 relates to Cold being deleted and replaced by Coal
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: stanmapstone on Friday 31 July 20 16:02 BST (UK)
 The Registration  acts state that corrections of errors discovered, at the time of entry, before completion of the certificate are numbered and initialled in, normally, the right hand margin of the certificate, they have to be numbered, obviously to prevent someone coming along later and altering an entry.
This is the 32nd correction. 
Stan
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: pompey welsh on Friday 31 July 20 16:10 BST (UK)
This is what it says in the margin but I can't make that out either  ???
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: stanmapstone on Friday 31 July 20 16:31 BST (UK)
It says Thirty Two and the registrars initials

Stan
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: Bookbox on Friday 31 July 20 20:38 BST (UK)
yup, can see pensioner now, Thank you....but what does it say above...all i can see is 'a 32 ???? coal.

I think his occupation (after correction) is probably Coal Metre someone who measures coal.
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: Colin Cruddace on Friday 31 July 20 22:10 BST (UK)

I think his occupation (after correction) is probably Coal Metre someone who measures coal.
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Yes I agree, it is a very unusual letter 't' but there is another example in Natural

Colin
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: pompey welsh on Tuesday 04 August 20 09:33 BST (UK)
thank you very much for your help.
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: jobucoth on Tuesday 04 August 20 10:48 BST (UK)
I think it could be Coal Breaker
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: stanmapstone on Tuesday 04 August 20 11:30 BST (UK)
From a Dictionary of Occupational Terms.
Coal meter man; checks, on a weighbridge, weight of coal  leaving coal merchant's yard or colliery for gas company's or other industrial works for which coal has been ordered in bulk; ensures weight and quality of coal are as ordered; fills in certificate and posts to customer.

Stan
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: Bookbox on Tuesday 04 August 20 12:32 BST (UK)
In addition to the description given above, coal meters were very commonly employed at the London docks and at the wharfs along the Thames.
Title: Re: Death Certificate
Post by: pompey welsh on Tuesday 04 August 20 12:55 BST (UK)
This is great. Thank you