Augustus Walter FANE (1866–1873)
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 15, Grave D69

Augustus Walter Fane





BORN APRIL 21, 1866





Augustus Walter Fane was born in Littlemore on 21 April 1866. He was the son of John Augustus Fane (born in Sherbourne, Oxfordshire in c.1831) and Eleanor Thornhill (born in Wootten, Oxfordshire in c.1830), who were married in Kensington in 1860 (reg. second quarter). His parents had the following seven children:

  • John Henry Scrope Fane (born in Littlemore in 1861 and baptised there on 28 July)
  • Catherine Elizabeth Fane (born in Littlemore in 1862 and baptised at Ducklington on 14 December)
  • Isabel Fane (born in Littlemore in 1864 and baptised at Littlemore on 8 May)
  • Francis Luther Fane (born in Littlemore in 1865, registered second quarter)
  • Augustus Walter Fane (born in Littlemore on 21 April 1866 and baptised there on 3 June)
  • Sydney Algernon Fane (born in Littlemore in 1867 and baptised there on 8 December)
  • Amy Eleanor Fane (born at Cokethorpe Park, Standlake in 1868 and baptised at Ducklington on 14 December).

(Littlemore was in the Abingdon registration district until 1879, so the births of the six children born in Littlemore were registered in Berkshire.)

On 14 June 1860 Augustus's father John Augustus Fane, who had been a Captain in the 46th Regiment of the Oxfordshire Volunteer Rifles, was appointed Adjutant of the Second Battalion. He was also a Justice of the Peace.

The family was in Standlake in late 1868, but soon afterwards moved to Oxford.

At the time of the 1871 census Augustus (4) was home at 24 Beaumont Street with his mother Eleanor (41) and his six siblings. The family had a staff of four: a housemaid, nurse, cook, and nursemaid. Augustus's father John (40) spent census night in a hotel in Banbury.

Augustus died in 1873:

† Augustus Walter Fane died at 24 Beaumont Street at the age of 7 on 20 September 1873 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 23 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

By the time of the 1881 census the Fane family was living at Wormsley Park near Stokenchurch. (This had been owned by the regicide Colonel Adrian Scrope in the late sixteenth century, and when his grandson John Scrope died without issue in 1752, it passed to the descendants of his sister Anne, who had married Henry Fane of Brympton. The Fane family sold the house to Sir Paul Getty in 1986.) Augustus's father was now retired, but still serving as a magistrate.

By the time of the 1901 census Augustus's parents were living more modestly at 13 Woodlands Road, Barnes, Surrey with their youngest daughter Amy (32) and a cook, housemaid, and sick nurse. Soon after this Augustus's mother Eleanor Fane must have been admitted to the Holloway Sanatorium for the treatment of the insane at Virginia Water, Surrey. She died at the age of 72 on 31 March 1902. Her effects came to just £67 10s. 8d., and her husband was her executor.

Augustus's father John Augustus Fane died at Hyde Park at the age of 77 on 19 August 1908. His permanent address was given as Wormsley Park, and his effects came to £1,270 4s. 4d.



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