I am looking for the records of Eric Charlton Lord born in Queensland 1889. It appears he may have been in the Merchant Navy and possibly died WW1. How does one find records? Any help would be most appreciated.
Thanks regards Lola

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Comment by Elizabeth Allen on May 23, 2017 at 16:34

Lola,  There are no records showing up in Record Search nor the Australian War Memorial for him

I found this article which may explain a few things


If he did die in WW1 he might have been serving in the British  forces instead of Australia - either that or he didn't serve under his real name


Comment by Elizabeth Allen on May 23, 2017 at 16:41

Lola,  I found this article in Trove dated 1919


Re ERIC CHARLTON LORD, late of Brisbane, In the State of Queensland. Scainan oil "Rcdrlff," deceased.

' Notice is.hereby given that all creditors and other persons having claims agalnst'the Estate of the abovenamed Eric Charlton Lord, ' late of Brisbane, in : the- 'State of Queensland, deceased, who died on or about the Twenty-third day of February, 1917,  at South Shields, England, - are hereby required to soud thulr claims to the Public Curator, Brisbane, on \or before the Fifteenth day of September, /1919. . And .that after the expiration of the lastmentioned date the .Public Curator will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased" amongst' ihe parties entitled thereto, having regard only to . the claims of which he shall then have had notice.'

Dated this. Fourteenth day o£ July,

Comment by Lola Couvee on May 23, 2017 at 17:23
Thank you so much Elizabeth you are a stellar star. Great result. Thank you so much. I really got such a surprise to know that someone had seen my message and acted on it. Thank you.
Comment by Elizabeth Allen on May 23, 2017 at 18:07

Lola,  Sorry about the translation - I thought I had correct the wording

You could try checking British War Records or get his death certificate to find more information -

I can check his birth/parents if needed - sorry I couldn't find him listed in our records for any war service


Comment by Lola Couvee on May 23, 2017 at 19:03
Hi Elizabeth thanks I have his parents and I have tried various sites but haven't come up with anything else so far.
I too thought to get his death certificate, but so far haven't found a record of his death in uk.
But having the notice from the paper is more than I had hoped for, and gives a better indication of his death and the ship that he may have been on so that gives me some more to check out. Thanks again for all the trouble you have gone too. Kindest regards - Lola
Comment by Elizabeth Allen on May 23, 2017 at 21:51

Lola,  I have checked for his death on the UK  GRO Index and he is not listed - if you can access Merchant Marine Records in the UK maybe they have a record of his death?  If he died in South Shields you would think that the death would have been registered?


Comment by Lola Couvee on May 24, 2017 at 8:19
Good morning Elzabeth, I think I have found a person on the UK BDM that could be him same age an S. Shields in 1917, I can get his death certificate, but information only as good as the person who gives the info knows. Unfortunately UK death certificates don't list parents of the deceased, which from people researching is such a shame. Anyway have decided to try for the certificate of Charles Lord and see what it turns up.
Charles and Charlton are similar and maybe it will be him.
Thanks again. I am really pleased with the result. Kind regards, Lola
Comment by Elizabeth Allen on May 24, 2017 at 16:12

Lola,   Yes it might be a typo - I hope it turns out to be him

Please let me know how you go


Comment by Lola Couvee on June 23, 2017 at 16:25

Hi Elizabeth - back again finally as the certificate only arrived this afternoon, and has taken me ages to find the blog site. better save it in my favourites.

As I thought no parents listed on the death certificate, but he was 28 and an able seaman on board the S/S Redriff of Stephen Street, Brisbane Queensland.

if you would like a copy I can send it to you. but from my memory [sorry should have looked at that before I came on here] think his mother may have lived in Stephen Street. I do know she lived in Queensland. and the notice in the paper said he died on or about 23 Feb and Charles died 28 Feb 1917. So a great result - again thanks so much for your help. Kind regards Lola

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on June 23, 2017 at 17:59

Lola,  Thanks for the update - that is great news that it is the correct one



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