Saturday, January 21, 2012

The death certificate of Alice BRIGHT (1894-19

I've written previously about helping my friends in their search for Alice BRIGHT ( While we identified her family, we had no luck finding her death.

All that was known anecdotally was that "there was a family "rumour" which may or may not be true that Alice died of TB at about 29". This would be around 1925.

I searched initially for Alice BRIGHT deaths, but as outlined in my previous post, Alice's full name is Sarah Ann Alice BRIGHT. A search for Sarah deaths yielded a possible hit:

Deaths Sep quarter 1920
BRIGHT Sarah A 36 Bromsgrove 6c 190

I ordered this certificate and it seems to connect everything up.

1920 DEATH in the Sub-District of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester
No 492
When and where died: Twenty fourth September 1920 Isolation Hospital Hill Top Bromsport WD
Name and surname: Sarah Ann Bright
Sex: Female
Age: 26 years
Occupation: of No 1 Upper Chase Road Malvern W.D. Spinster Domestic Servant
Cause of death: (1) Pulmonary Phthsis no P.M. Certified by H Cameron Kidd M.B.
Signature, description and residence of informant: Sarah Ann Palmer, Aunt, 24 The Holloway Droitwich

The date and cause of death upholds the family story relating to her death. Importantly, Sarah Ann (Alice)'s residence, Upper Chase in Malvern, corresponds with where her grandchildren were born, suggesting that there was a continuous family connection in that street.

Finally, the aunt acting as informant is incredibly useful, as we know that Alice Bright had an aunt named Sarah Ann Alice also. Her father, Henry Thomas Bright had a sister, Sarah Ann BRIGHT, baptised in 1863. This clinches that this Sarah Ann Bright death certificate is the one we are interested in.

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