1938 road traffic accident George Ratchford

Started by: Gillmul (3)

I am trying to find out information on my relative George Ratchford who was killed in a road traffic accident in Oct 1938. George was only 7 years old when this happened. I would like to be able to find out where this happened and any other details. Has anyone any ideas where I can start this search. I have tried to google it as I thought there may be a newspaper report about it, but did not find anything. All advice appreciated. Thanks.

Started: 21st Apr 2021 at 11:39

Posted by: JAMB (72)

Contact the museum of life Wigan , details of accident probably in copies of the local papers for Wigan. As you will have seen he was living in Victoria Street Wallgate at the time ,the chances are he died on the main road Wallgate

Replied: 21st Apr 2021 at 19:31

Posted by: winnie (1410) 

George Ratchford of 33 Victoria Street ,Wigan .died on 27th October at Wallgate Wigan .Administration Liverpool 20 January to William Ratchford of no occupation and Bertha Ratchford Effects Nil

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 11:48

Posted by: Gillmul (3)

Thank you Winnie. Can I ask how you found this out and what does the last bit of it mean Re 20 Jan. Thanks again for the date and location.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 19:47

Posted by: gaffer (7098) 

It’s a legal formality when someone dies without leaving a will. It’s a grant of letters of administration to bring the affairs of a deceased to a final conclusion. George’s parents, as the beneficiaries, would receive any proceeds. In this case, as would be expected of a child in those days, the value of his estate was nil.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2021 at 08:53

Posted by: winnie (1410) 

it was on Ancestry

Replied: 23rd Apr 2021 at 09:29

Posted by: Gillmul (3)

Thank you Gaffer and Winnie

Replied: 23rd Apr 2021 at 10:14

Posted by: JAMB (72)

Wallgate is the name of the Main Road and also the area is known as Wallgate , so to know the exact place of the accident you will have to see the report /inquest. In case you already haven't seen, George is buried in Wigan Cemetery Grave No. J 952 R.C. , along with other family members (go to Wigan Cemetery Index on this site)

Replied: 24th Apr 2021 at 08:58


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