Died suddenly in Margate

In Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London there is a Pullum family grave.Pullum Grave

Buried there is:

  • George Pullum (1833 – 1908);
  • his wife Frances neé Horner (1840 – 1905);
  • their eldest child (and eldest son)
    George William Horner Pullum (1861 – 1822);
  • their second child (and 2nd son)
    Arthur Horatio Pullum (1863 – 1855);
  • their third child (and 3rd son)
    Ernest Edward Pullum (1865 – 1893);
  • their 12th (and youngest) child, Dora Alice Pullum (1882 – 1913)
  • and a grandson Leslie George Pullum (1905 – 1905. 23 days old)
    (the 6th child of their son Edmund Pullum and his wife Bessie neé Chapman).

One of the inscriptions caught my eye. It read

“Also of Ernest Edward Pullum,
who died suddenly at Margate.
June the 18th 1893
aged 27.
We know not when the hour comethErnest Edward grave

I found this intriguing so ordered his death certificate

Ernest Edward death cert

It confirmed he died in Margate in the White Hart Hotel, although on the 19th June 1893. (Also his name is recorded as Edward Ernest). An inquest had been held the following day and the coroner certified that he had died from an epileptic seizure.
White Hart Hotel Margate about 1891

He was a commercial traveller but as it was June, he is as likely to have been on holiday as on business.


His death was reported in the Melbourne newspaper “The Angus” on 28th July. This mentions two of his brothers Walter James and Albert Victor, who were living in Australia at the time.

Ernest Edward obituary

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Last updated 19.11.15