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Nicholas

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Oxford County Coroner's records
« on: July 13, 2019, 10:27:21 PM »
I have been saying that inquest records would be available from the Oxford County Coroner's office, but rereading the contemporary notices of the inquest I realise that it was conducted by one of the University coroners, a Mr F.E. Marshall and the chairman of the jury was the Dean of Christchurch and so was an internal University affair. So inquiries will have to be made to Oxford University.
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Re: Oxford County Coroner's records
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2019, 11:24:21 AM »
I received the following reply from the University Archivist:
Dear Nicholas
We do not hold the records of the University Coroner.  I recall making enquiries of a local firm of solicitors, a partner of which had been the last to hold the office, about these records some years ago when I came to the conclusion that they had not survived.
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Re: Oxford County Coroner's records
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2019, 01:56:07 PM »
Why not contact Christ Church directly?

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Re: Oxford County Coroner's records
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2019, 07:57:07 PM »
Christ Church did not appoint the coroner, but the University did.

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Re: Oxford County Coroner's records
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2019, 03:24:50 PM »
So if the University would not have wanted to admit that it was a suicide involving two of its students could they then have withheld the information if it were to prove detrimental to the university? It seems to me the more I read about the events (and after reading Dudgeon’s book) that it was suicide after all!