Further to my recent research into the death notice card for George DIX and the discovery that he had died in a tragic accident on the railway, I also had a death card for John DIX George’s brother, who had died five years later on 4th April 1895 aged 23.
Again as he died so young I was intrigued as to the cause of his death and on receipt of his death certificate found that the cause was recorded as Epilepsy – from this certificate I also discovered that his occupation had been a Gamekeeper the same as his father James Holmes DIX.
I have a photograph of James DIX and his wife Eliza at their Gamekeepers cottage in Parham Wood in Suffolk with two of their children.
I looked at the 1891 census and found the family living at this cottage and John was aged 19, living with his siblings Emily, Ellen (my Great Grandmother), Charles and Amy.
It must have been heart-breaking for the family losing these sons so young and due to the death notice cards being kept within the family I have been able to research their stories further.