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« on: March 31, 2018, 18:32:13 PM »

Worthing Herald - Friday 21 November 1941


Hearing "a kind of cough - a kind of choke" as he lay resting at Worthing Post Office in the early hours of Tuesday, a postman Home Guard jumped up in bed and called to his colleague: "What is the matter, Bob?" There was no answer, so he switched on the light and found that his companion, Robert Turner Smith, aged 57, had collapsed. Smith was rushed to hospital, but was found to be dead.

At the inquest on Wednesday it was explained that Smith and his companion had been on Home Guard duty together at the Post Office, and had just come off guard.

The Deputy Coroner (Mr P. G. Stevens) recorded a verdict of death from natural causes in accordance with medical evidence following a post-mortem. Expressing sympathy with the widow, Mr Stevens said: "He was serving his country at the time of his death."

Mrs Smith, who lives at 32 Hertford-road, stated that her husband had been in good health during the two and a half years he had been in Worthing. In the North, where they had previously lived for eleven years, he had suffered from bronchitis, but since coming to Worthing he had been much netter. He was his usual self on Monday when, after completing his work as a temporary postman, he went on Home Guard duty.

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2018, 20:40:56 PM »

In 1939.

Another family were at 32 Hertford Rd, Worthing
However this maybe them.:-
At 3 Teville Chambers, Teville Place , Worthing
Robert Smith (21.1.1884) was a Temporary Postman
Eva(29.9.1887) Unpaid Domestic Duties.

Hertford Rd is just off Teville Rd.
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