Elizabeth Lippiatt wrote to me, explaining:
We have recently discovered a living cousin whose father Joseph George Lippiatt, b Jan 1902 Brentford, was a twin. The other twin died in infancy. He was never told the name of theElizabeth is correct they were twins. This is conclusive evidence that proves they were twins. To have the same reference (3a 171) means they were on the same page in the register's book. If the birth certificates were purchased it would probably show the time of birth - to prove who the eldest was.
I had originally found the two birth entries on the same page in the and BMDs with the twin named William Oliver and believed he must be that twin brother.
William Oliver was the son of William Joseph & Alice Maude Poynter Lippiatt née Uridge. Interestingly Christine, the person who provided the original information that William was born in May, and died in June could not be aware of Joseph George Lippiatt, as his name was not included in the family group. Additionally I found William Oliver's birth registered in 1902/Q1, and his death registered in 1902/Q3, so these dates do not quite concur.
This information will be updated in the database and available in the next website update.