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Name: Kate Kidd

Burial Number: 1730

Gender: Female

Occupation: Baker and Confectioner

Born: 00/00/1866

Died: 08/11/1940

Buried: 14/11/1940

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Kate was born in Worthing, the daughter of George and Maria. She was baptised at Broadwater Church on 23rd October 1866. Her father was a baker and confectioner and the family lived in Brunswick Road. Kate grew up helping her father in the shop and continued to work with her mother and brother after George died in 1898. When her mother retired, Kate moved with her to Milton Street. Maria died in 1929 and Kate moved to Leicester to live with her sister Gertrude who had married Walter Waddington. After her sister died in November 1939, Kate moved back to Worthing, living at 75 Forest Road with her cousin Elsie May Lucas. Kate died on 8th November 1940 from an overdose of aspirin (see inquest report below). Probate was granted on 24th January 1941 to Elsie May Lucas spinster and George Ernest Evans solicitor’s clerk. Effects £2522 9s 4d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 14

Exact Location (what3words): spin.straw.critic

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Buried with Ernest Edward Kidd


In memory of Ernest Edward son of George and Maria Kidd died May 15th 1877 aged 8 years "The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord"

Further Information


Name: Kate Maria Kidd

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1866

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 08/11/1940

Cause of death: Overdose of aspirin (see inquest)

Address line 1: 75

Address line 2: Forest Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2522 9 s 4 d

Current value of effects: £99249.00

Census Information


10 Brunswick Road, Worthing

George aged 36, baker. Maria aged 30. George J aged 6. Kate M aged 4. Ernest E aged 2. Gertrude aged 7 months. Plus 2 servants.


10 Brunswick Road, Worthing.

George aged 46, baker employing 1 man and 1 boy. Maria aged 40. George aged 16, grocer. Kate aged 14. Gertrude aged 10. Martha Nichol aged 60, teacher. Plus 2 employees and 1 servant.


10 Brunswick Road, Worthing.

George aged 56, baker and confectioner. Maria aged 50, assistant. Kate aged 24, baker and confectioner. Gertrude aged 20, baker and confectioner.


10 Brunswick Road, Worthing.

Maria aged 60, widow, baker and confectioner. Kate aged 32, baker and confectioner. Gertrude aged 29, baker and confectioner. William Constable aged 23, baker.


2 Milton Street, Worthing.

Maria aged 70, widow, private means. Kate aged 44, private means.


39 Thorn Road, Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Maria Kidd
Female 1840 80 Worthing, Sussex Home Duties
Kate Kidd
Female 1866 54 Worthing, Sussex Home Duties
James South
Male 1849 71 Shoreditch, London Musician Retired
Julia Alberta South
Female 1865 56 Paddington, London Home Duties


18 Hastings Street, Leicester.

Walter Warwick Waddington: retired musician. Gertrude Waddington: unpaid domestic duties. Kate M Kidd: unpaid domestic duties.

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Gazette 13 November 1940

“Died After Taking 90 Aspirins”

A verdict of misadventure was recorded at an inquest at Worthing on Monday on Miss Kate Maria Kidd, 75 Forest Road, Worthing and formerly of Brunswick Road, who died on Friday after taking 90 aspirin tablets. The coroner Mr F W Butler said there was no evidence that it was her intention to take her life.

Miss Kidd 74, was the eldest daughter of Mr George Kidd who will be remembered by an older generation of Worthing residents as one of the best known bakers and confectioners in the town and founder of the business which he and his family carried on for many years at West Worthing.

A cousin Elsie May Jones Lucas, 75 Forest Road, Worthing said that Miss Kidd had been born without the sight of one eye and she had a cataract in the other. “She was always a very miserable woman” she continued. “She used to get distressed and worried about everything. She said she wished to die when her sister died, but she never threatened to take her life.” Miss Kidd’s sister died last November, she added.

On Friday, the day of her death, her cousin seemed brighter than usual when witness went into her bedroom in the morning. “But when I and my sister went in again later” she continued, “Miss Kidd said she had taken 90 aspirin tablets. We at once sent for the doctor but despite efforts to treat her, she raved during the morning………in the evening she became unconscious and died.” In reply to a question by the coroner as to what she thought was the deceased’s intention in taking the tablets, witness replied that her cousin suffered from sleeplessness and the loss of her sight seemed to prey on her mind. Dr W O Pitt who performed a post mortem examination, said the cause of death was due to taking an excessive quantity of aspirin.