Unusual double registration
I found the letter in the September issue from Antony Marr, the retired Deputy Registrar, regarding double registration interesting as I have come across this in different circumstances.
When researching my father’s siblings, I came across a Beatrice Maud born 1902 who I’d never heard of. I applied to the GRO for a birth certificate for Beatrice Maud and was told that they were unable to supply a copy due to discrepancies on the entry. After speaking to the GRO, I found that the certificate was in the records but had been closed. I was also looking for a birth certificate for my father’s elder brother, Arthur, but couldn’t find one.
It turns out that Beatrice became Arthur in 1924, as his sex had been misidentified at birth. I did manage to get a birth certificate for Arthur, dated 1924, which was re-issued from Beatrice to Arthur on the authority of the Registrar General. As you can imagine, this is only part of Arthur’s story and I have written at length about his experience. Mal Smith, by email Editor replies: That is a very unusual reason for a double registration! Arthur must have lived a difficult life.
Arthur was misidentified as female at birth and was called Beatrice