I am not sure you will get very far with this one, especially in
Spain. If a UK citizen dies abroad there is no requirement to register
the death with the UK?s General Register Office. However, a family
relation may notify the British Consul or High Commission, and through
them the death is registered at the GRO.
The genealogy website 1837online.com provides GRO?s indices for deaths
abroad. I?ve checked and there are 36 pages of the indices which MAY
contain the surname Hamer. You need to register and buy units to view
the pages. (50 units costs £5)
Go to this page
In the ?Event? category select
GRO CONSULAR DEATH INDICES
GRO HIGH COMMISSION DEATH INDICES
GRO DEATHS ABROAD INDICES
The dates: 1945 - 2003
When the list comes up click to view each page. If successful, the GRO
reference number should be noted.
These are the GRO pages on overseas deaths and ordering a certificate.
?If a British citizen or member of the British Armed Forces dies
abroad, a death certificate is issued by the relevant authorities in
the country concerned. This document is usually acceptable for all
official purposes although it may need to be translated into English
or Welsh, as appropriate. We are not automatically notified or sent
copy certificates. Additionally, the death can often be registered at
the request of the deceased family, by the British Consul or High
Commission in the country where it happened.?
Ordering overseas certificates
Another option relates to wills, and this is a difficult option. You
could search to see whether a Grant of Representation was recorded in
the UK. These two pages will assist you on how to search for that, but
it sounds very labour intensive, and without a year, may be fruitless.
Staying in the UK. I searched again for additional information on
Hamer without success. I found telephone directory entries for a
Richard Hamer 1945 - 1959 at West Heath Court, NW11, but nothing to
say whether it is the same person.
Moving on to Spain. Deaths are registered at the local Civil Registry
(Registro Civil). Spain is split into autonomous regions, and each
sub-divided into areas which have a each have a civil registry. There
is no central database. Without knowing the area where the death
occurred, you are faced with contacting each civil registry and
applying for a death certificate.
These are pages from the Justice Ministry which explain how a death is
registered and how a death certificate may be obtained.
Registering a death
How to apply
This links to a list of the Oficina Registro Civil and you will see
how many there are.
The application form
Would you like me to research 1837online.com? I?d be happy to do it
under this question. Or do you wish to do it?