Dear The Cornwall Coroner,
I am looking for the findings of an inquest into the death of Alfred Pearce, my maternal grandfather, who was found dead at his workplace in February 1977. He worked at St Lawrence Hospital in Bodmin and I know an inquest was opened and adjourned in early March 1977. I suspect he may have taken his own life but would like to know the findings of the subsequent inquest. Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated as this has only recently come to my attention and any family members who would remember this event are now sadly deceased.
Dear Mr Tresidder,
I have contacted our archiving facility this morning and unfortunately
there are no paper records available on your late Grandfather as records
from the 1970s and 1980s have unfortunately been destroyed. They have
however, been able to ascertain the following information:
Memorial inscription for an Alfred Pearce at New Cemetery at Bodmin, born
1920, died February 1977:
“Date on which death is reported to coroner: 1977 March 31^st
Particulars of deceased: Full name and address: Pearce: Alfred / 6 Jubilee
Terrace, Bodmin. Age: 60 Sex: M
Cause of death: Overdose – soporific drugs
State whether case disposed of by using pink form A or B or whether
inquest held: [dot]
Verdict at inquest (if any): Open verdict”
I have included a brochure from the Cornish Newspaper Library as some
inquests were reported on by the newspapers at the time.
I am sorry that we have not been able to be more helpful.
Business Support Officer
CSS Business Support Team
Customers and Support Services
Customer & Business Operations
Coroner’s Office, The New Lodge,
Newquay Road, Penmount, TRURO, Cornwall TR4 9AA.
****Please note: Any information, including attachments, provided in this
email should be securely shredded (if printed) and all electronic
information deleted once the inquest has concluded. Documents relating to
specific inquest cases MUST NOT be used for any other purpose other than
preparing for the inquest hearing and MUST NOT be shared with third
parties without the express, written consent of HM Coroner.****
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