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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #9 on: Friday 20 May 22 17:26 BST (UK) »
followed by the words 'took own life'.

I should have said that this was obviously the the finding of the inquest.
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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #10 on: Friday 20 May 22 17:27 BST (UK) »
I have only one death certificate for a suicide, in England in 1881, and the cause was recorded as "That he hung himself being insane and was found dead".

The case was reported in newspapers, including a report from the inquest, and all referred to it as a suicide. The inquest jury's verdict was reported as "deceased hanged himself while in a fit of temporary insanity".
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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #11 on: Friday 20 May 22 17:41 BST (UK) »
Just looked in Barbara Dixon's useful book (used to be a website, but that has gone now

Just for your information, it's archived here ...
http://web.archive.org/web/20190216081224/http://home.clara.net/dixons/Certificates/indexbd.htm

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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #12 on: Friday 20 May 22 19:25 BST (UK) »
These are the causes on death certificates I hold.

1862 Suicide by hanging while temporarily insane, violent.
1867 Suicide by drowning. (Inquest found him temporarily insane.)
1871 Suicide by drowning in a water butt  being at the time of unsound mind.
1926 Suicide by being killed by a railway train while of unsound mind.
1926 Suicide by placing himself in front of a passing train while of unsound mind.

Being of unsound mind was to ease the fact that until the Suicide Act of  1961, Suicide was a criminal offence.
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EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #13 on: Friday 20 May 22 21:06 BST (UK) »
I was reading pages of inquests once and it was terrible how many people took their own lives. Of all the multitudes, only rarely did they record a verdict of suicide. It was amazing how many different and extremely deliberate methods were employed while of an unsound mind.

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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #14 on: Friday 20 May 22 22:36 BST (UK) »
I have one fron the 1930s.....Coal Gas Poisoning whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed.

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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #15 on: Saturday 21 May 22 03:14 BST (UK) »
My great grandfather died in 1924.  On his death certificate cause of death is given as "That he hanged himself by the neck from a beam with a rope. Not being of sound mind he killed himself".  There was an inquest into his death and a quite lengthy write up in the local paper.

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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 21 May 22 08:34 BST (UK) »
I've numerous death certificates (some list cause of death as suicide with details such as poison, etc.) including one death certificate that gave natural causes but after burial there was some doubt so body was exhumed and Coroner's Inquest reported in the paper that the family of deceased had tried t cover up the fact that he was originally found hanging in the shed rather than peacefully in his own bed.
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Re: Is suicide given as cause of death on death certificates in the UK?
« Reply #17 on: Saturday 21 May 22 09:53 BST (UK) »
I have one DC that specifically states the death was not suicide "From the effect of taking two large doses of Mercurial preparations without any bad intentions. C JEWISON Coroner". This from 1857 was presumably to ensure the widow of the deceased inhereited and the estate was nor forfeit under the Suicide Act. (It would also have the effect of quelling local rumour/gossip.)