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Searching for mother

At the age of eight he stood by his mother's grave. More than 70 years later, he tried to find it again

By Richard Hoggart   March 1999

The death certificate, when we finally acquired one a year or so ago, said that Adelaide (an error; her name was “Adeline”) Emma Hoggart had died at the age of 46, and was buried on 17th February 1927. The cause of death was tuberculosis. She seems to have died on the 15th; the address given as her “abode” was “123 Beckett Street,” which was and is the huge St James Infirmary in a grim part of north Leeds.

Two days from death to burial in the local churchyard-a quick procedure. A further 67 years passed before one of us even…

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