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Offline LEMB

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Hmm is this strange?
« on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:02 BST (UK) »
Hello,

I was looking for information on my relative, Wilfred Oakes, a while ago.

My nana (his daughter), has just brought him up again and we've realised some weird things!

Wilfred married Doris Walklate in 1947, Northwich area, but there is hardly anything online to confirm this? I've just ordered there marriage certificate (hopefully it's theres), but it's very hard to find online! Myheritage? Freebmd?

Also, Wilfred died in Middlewich, he drowned in the local canal and was found by a dog walker. The case is still open and he died in 1977, for such a small village, this is BIG news and we'd of thought it would be in the papers? But we can't find anything for that either? We don't know if he was pushed in or if he fell in or if he jumped in..

It just seems very strange to me!

Thank you in advance if anyone can help :)

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Re: Hmm is this strange?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:12 BST (UK) »
Cheshire BMD has the marriage indexed http://www.cheshirebmd.org.uk/marriagesearch.php

"Civil marriage or registrar attended"
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Re: Hmm is this strange?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:18 BST (UK) »
It is also on freeBMD.
Look for Wilfrid not Wilfred.
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Re: Hmm is this strange?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:19 BST (UK) »
Liverpool Echo 01 March 1977

Body Recovered

Cheshire Police have recovered the body of 56 year old Wilfred Oakes from the Shropshire Union Canal near his home in Middlewich

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Re: Hmm is this strange?
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:21 BST (UK) »
Unfortunately you are not likely to find too much information on-line - especially mid-late 1900's - due to 100 year closure.  The marriage was a civil marriage.  AND I'm very sure that the inhabitants of Middlewich would be most upset to be termed "a small village"  :)  I certainly never thought of it as such when I lived in the area until the 1960's! 

Newspaper reports - perhaps Northwich Chronicle/Chester Chronicle/Winsford and Middlewich Guardian - but again it is fairly recent  :-\

Added:  Well done, Kay99  :)
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« Reply #5 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:21 BST (UK) »
Perhaps his death certificate would be a good idea, might tell you if there had been an inquest

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« Reply #6 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:23 BST (UK) »
Unfortunately you are not likely to find too much information on-line - especially mid-late 1900's - due to 100 year closure.  The marriage was a civil marriage.  AND I'm very sure that the inhabitants of Middlewich would be most upset to be termed "a small village"  :)  I certainly never thought of it as such when I lived in the area until the 1960's! 

Population c. 14,000  :-\
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« Reply #7 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:25 BST (UK) »
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« Reply #8 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:29 BST (UK) »
Liverpool Echo 01 March 1977

Body Recovered

Cheshire Police have recovered the body of 56 year old Wilfred Oakes from the Shropshire Union Canal near his home in Middlewich

Blimey where is that? Is there a link for it? I've tried to type in the exact info on google and nothing is coming up!