CFHS code : PL258
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : In Loving Memory of VICTOR NATHANIEL third son of NATHANIEL & ALICE ANN FLATMAN d Sep 25 1902 aged 29 a dearly loved and loving son husband and brother
Monument : Headstone (broken)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Victor Nathaniel Flatman (c.1873 – 25 September 1902)
Victor was the son of Nathaniel and Annie, and was born in Chippenham, Suffolk. Aged 8 he was living with his parents and siblings at 33 Bateman Street and his father was working as a brewer’s agent. By 1891 the family had moved to 8 Bateman Street and Victor was working as a clerk to the University Financial Board. He married Annie Tompsett (1877-1912) in Brighton in 1899. In 1901 the couple were living in Brighton with Annie’s sister Caroline and Victor was working as a salesman for a mineral water company. They later moved to live at 37 Queen’s Park Terrace in Brighton. Victor lost his job in 1902 and together with Annie went to stay with his parents at 58 Glisson Road. Victor took his own life, as a result of being depressed about his situation and also due to an ‘affliction of the nose’. An inquest was held which heard that he had told Annie he was going out at 7am, but instead went to the outhouse and committed suicide. Victor had seen surgeon Frederick Deighton about the ‘eruption of the nose’ and had been referred to a specialist who had given ‘him every hope as regards his nose’. A verdict of ‘suicide during temporary insanity’ was returned.
Annie Flatman returned to live in Brighton and worked as lady’s maid. She died in 1912 aged 35 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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