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|Joseph Cornelius Sear was born in Tingewick in 1872, son of Thomas Sear who had married Mary Brooks in Oxford in 1861|
|In 1891 he was working in London as a post office sorter|
|In 1893 he started work with the the London Brighton and South Coast Railway on the recommendation of Lord Cottesloe|
|In 1906 he married Ethel Gladys Hazel Dangerfield|
|In 1927 he died in "mysterious" circumstances - a Coroner's Officer's Report was issued ...|
|... and a first inquest held and adjourned ...|
|... but a second inquest found that the cause of death was "Coma due to purulent meningitis following middle ear disease of the left side".|