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Name: Catherine Comber

Burial Number: 0408

Gender: Female

Born: 17/08/1876

Died: 04/03/1903

Buried: 11/03/1903

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Catherine was born in Ardingly on 17 August 1877. Her parents were Thomas Comber (spelt Coomber in the 1871 Census ) a baker, born in Ardingly, and Mary Ann Comber born in West Chiltington.

By 1881 Mary Ann was a widow and kept the Royal Oak pub in Ardingly. Fourteen-year-old Catherine was living there with her mother and a sister, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Alice,

In 1891 but by 1901 Mary Ann and Catherine were at ’Broomfield’, Harrow Road, Worthing. However, Catherine died at Wales Farm, West Chiltington, on 4 March 1903, aged 26, leaving £905 12s 5d to her mother.

Catherine’s death certificate gave the place of death as ‘Stony Barn’, West Chiltington and cause of death as “suicide by drowning herself in a well while temporarily insane”. The inquest was held on 5 March and the certificate was received from Frederick W Butler, coroner for Sussex.

Researcher: Angela Levy

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 5 Plot: 15

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Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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in loving memory of Catherine daughter of the late Thomas Comber of Ardingly born Aug 17th 1876 died March 4th 1903 "Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"

Further Information


Name: Catherine Comber

Gender: Female

Born: 17/08/1876

Town: Unknown

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 04/03/1903

Cause of death: suicide by drowning herself in a well while temporarily insane

Address line 1: Stony Barn

Town: Unknown

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £905 12 s 5 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Royal Oak, Ardingly

Mary Ann Comber, 44, widow, beer house keeper; Rose U A Comber, 17, daughter; Margaret Comber, 9, daughter; Elizabeth A Comber, 6, daughter; Catherine Comber, 4, daughter; Beatrice U Comper, 19, visitor, dress maker;


Living at Street Lane, Ardingly

Mary Ann Comber, 54, head, beer house keeper; Elizabeth Alice Comber, 16, daughter; Catherine Comber, 14, daughter, scholar;


Living at Broomfield, Harrow Road, Worthing

Mary Ann Comber, 64, head, living on own means; Catherine Comber, 44, daughter;

Miscellaneous Information

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