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1892 Ealing Road, Brentford

Vince Graham wrote in January 2021, his email subject: Grim night 18th August 1892

My great grandfather William Smith (b 1867) married Susan Charlotte Elms 1888, living at No 4 Barracks, Albany Rd. William drunk at the time, went to his brotherís house at No 15 Ealing Rd, Brentford at 11pm 18th Aug 1892, there they argued and a fight started. They fell to the ground with Cornelius on top; shortly after William went home. Over the next few days the Doctor was called and William died on the 22nd Aug 1892. Williamís brother Cornelius Smith was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Cornelius was tried at the Old Bailey, London, and found Guilty: Strongly recommended to mercy:- Nine Days Imprisonment but the Criminal Registers show Ten days without hard labour.

Williams wife Susan Charlotte Elms was expecting my Grandmother Ada Susan Smith at the time.

My Great Grandmother died two years after my Grandmother was born and my grandmother was raised by her aunt who was a Matthews and lived in Running Horse Yard.


Vince enclosed William Smith's death certificate which described him as a 25 year old general store dealer, place of death 2 Albany Road, Old Brentford. The cause of death
'Peritonitis - Rupture of Bladder caused by injury when fighting with his brother Cornelius Smith. Manslaughter.'

Death certificate of William Smith

The signature, description and residence of informant:
Certificate received from Geo Danford Thomas, Coroner for Middlesex, Inquest held 25 August 1892; the death was registered the following day.

Full record of the trial at the Old Bailey:
Names mentioned include Sarah Thatcher, of 20 Ealing Road; Bridget Shooter, wife of John Shooter of 2 The Barracks; Mrs McElwayne; John Smith brother of the deceased; James Linnett, Police Sergeant T5 and Wilfred James Richardson MD.


Page published January 2021