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From: "Lesley Chaney" <>
Subject: Re: Missing Men
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 10:30:03 -0000
Glad you pointed this out. The burials for any parish by a river or at a
port will show a number of unknowns who were simply found drowned and their
identity will never be known. Even inland parishes buried people who were
found dead on the roadside, again unidentified. The GRO indexes have a
section of Unknowns. These days, the authorities go to great lengths to
identify these unknowns but it is only recently that the facilities for
such searches have existed. So, there are some ancestors whose ultimate
fate may never be established.
Lesley in East Leics
> From: Greg Hills <>
> Subject: Missing Men
> Date: 11 February 2000 11:12
> Dear all
> I had a field day at the LMA yesterday going through the burial records
of t Ann's Limehouse.
> Get to the point I hear you say, so here it is. I was quite gobsmacked
about the number of unidentified men who were buried there having been
found "drownded" in the River Thames or various local ditches.
> There was at least one per month and sometimes more - so if your lot
lived in that area and then a man disappeared of the face of the earth, he
might be one of them.
> Karen in Kent