Members Login: Remember Me Need your login details?

Coroner’s Inquests are a brilliant resource for finding out more details about the death of a relative. Sadly, not many coroner’s records remain in existence, which is why newspapers are such a great source of information.

This case from the Hampshire Telegraph, Saturday 20th January 1900, tells the tragic story of one young man.

The coroner, Mr GOBLE, held an inquest in the “Thatched House” in Gosport on Monday 15th January 1900 on the death of Aron George Ralph SAIT, aged 18, who lived with his father at 28 Little Beach Street. Mr PINK, a painter, employed him. On Saturday the 13th, against advice, he rowed Claud COFFIN, who was engaged in evangelical work with the Seaman’s Mission, across Haslar Creek to a launch moored in the creek.

Haslar Creek Gosport
Haslar Creek Gosport

Shortly after this his skiff was seen empty in the creek so it was assumed that he had drowned. The body was recovered on Sunday morning by a boatman named FROST who used a fish-hook grapnel to bring the corpse to the surface. Evidence was given that he had previously suffered from two fits and although he was a good swimmer Dr HUNTER said that he must have suffered a fit whilst in the boat and had subsequently fallen overboard. The verdict of Accidental Death was returned.

Interesting extras…

  • The seafarers Mission in Gosport was set up by Henry Cook, who founded the first ragged school in Gosport and then established the mission for lonely seafarers
  • COFFIN is a Hampshire surname, does Claud appear in your family tree?

Latest News

Review of HGS Conference Day 2019

Review of HGS Conference Day 2019 Our third conference day was held on 15th June and was attended by 150 delegates.   In the luxury of the Fair Oak Suite of the Macdonald Hotel and Spa, Botley, everyone took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.


HGS Conference Day – Rosalind McCutcheon – Fact Sheet

The factsheet from Ros McCutcheon’s excellent talk at our recent Conference Day can be accessed via the following Link: Irish-Poor-Handout-June-2019-Ros-McCutcheon (1)  


Wield village booklet now available

Wield, (VB103) is a small parish consisting of two settlements, Upper and Lower Wield, with Upper Wield being the principle one including the parish church. Wield is 6 miles west of Alton and 6 miles north-north-east of Alresford.


New Item in the Members Area

We are delighted to announce that we have a new set of data in our members area.  The Muster Roll of the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment dated 1889,  by kind permission of two of our members, Kay and Dave Lovell,


Wield MI Correction

As with all data that gets indexed or transcribed there is always the possibility that information can be misread due to bad handwriting or general aging. Whilst preparing information for the forthcoming village booklet on Wield I have found a prime example of this.


All News...


Archives: