Anonymous and non-Oxford people buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery

As well as paupers, these include people who died in the Radcliffe Infirmary
(following accidents or illness in the Oxford area, or while serving at Cowley Barracks).
They are unlikely to have had gravestones

Anonymous Pauper

Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 10 November 1877, report of meeting on 8 November


A Report from the Master was read, stating that on the previous day the body of a pauper was taken to St. Paul’s Cemetery for burial, but that the Minister who should have officiated (the Rev. F. Metcalfe) did not put in an appearance, and it was over an hour before another Clergyman could be obtained, and it was then quite dark.—It was decided to write to Mr. Metcalf for an explanation.

Corporal Ellis

Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 6 January 1855

MILITARY FUNERAL.—On Thursday last Corporal Ellis, of the 6th division of the Oxfordshire Militia, who had died in the Infirmary, was buried, with military honours, at the Jericho cemetery. The funeral procession consisted of 15 privates of the division to which he belonged, with their arms reversed, the band playing the Dead March in Saul, the corpse carried on a stretcher by six privates, the accoutrements of the deceased lying on the coffin, and the remainder of the division, and the officers, bringing up the rear. The novelty of the scene attracted an immense number of persons, and, as the procession slowly wended its way from the Infirmary to the burial ground, the effect was very solemn and impressive. On reaching the cemetery, the funeral service was ready by the Rev. Mr. Maule, Vicar of St. Giles’s, after which 15 of the privates fired three vollies over the grave. The procession then returned to the head quarters at the Star Hotel. The deceased belonged to Aston, near Burford, and was much respected by the officers and men.

Sergeant Howes

Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 30 March 1872

FUNERAL OF A YEOMANRY SERGEANT.— The remains of Sergeant Howes, who died after a short illness, were interred in Jericho Cemetery on Thursday afternoon last. Deceased belonged to the B. Troop of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Cavalry, which regiment he joined 33 years ago. The members of the troop attended the funeral in church parade uniform. The deceased was a member of the Druids, several members of which body also attended the funeral.

Charles Morris

Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 3 December 1892

[Man found with his legs smashed at the London and North Western Railway station in Oxford who died in the Radcliffe Infirmary: long report about the discussion over who had the obligation and the power to bury his body. He was eventually buried on 31 November 1892 in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery.]

George Newman

Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 18 July 1891

MILITARY FUNERAL.—On Tuesday last the funeral took place, at St. Sepulchre’s Cemetery, Walton-street, in this city, of Corporal George Newman, of the Commissariat Corps, who had been an in-patient at the Radcliffe Infirmary, suffering from an affection of the liver, and in which institution he died. The deceased, who had seen some service in Egypt, was 31 years of age. He was in Oxford on leave, and, after undergoing an operation for the above-named complaint, succumbed. The remains were interred on Tuesday afternoon last, and as a mark of respect he was honoured with a military funeral by his comrades from the barracks at Cowley. The Band of the 4th Oxon Light Infantry, who played the Dead March, with a firing party, under the command of Capt. Scrivener, the Adjutant of the Depot, attended at the Infirmary, and escorted the body to the cemetery; the service was read by the Rev. L. Ragg, Curate of All Saints, and at its conclusion three volleys were fired over the grave. The ceremony attracted a large number of persons to the Cemetery.

Infirmary records show that George Newman (31) of Cowley Barracks died on 11 July 1891 of dysentery, a hepatic abscess, myeloid degeneration, and asthenia.

Captain Ralph

Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 6 September 1856:

MILITARY FUNERAL.—The remains of Captain Ralph, Quartermaster of the Oxfordshire Militia, were on Thursday last interred in the cemetery at Jericho. The funeral procession consisted of the hearse, one mourning coach, a portion of the band, the staff officers of the militia, and the Adjutant, Capt. Cuming, all with crape bands on one arm. The band were without their instruments, and there was no firing over the grave of the deceased.

Sergeant Veale

Oxford Journal Illustrated, 26 March 1913

The funeral of Sergt. Veale, who had served over 24 years in the Royal West Kent Regiment, took place with military honours at St. Sepulchre’s cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. The bearing party consisted of six sergeants from the Cowley Barracks, whilst two buglers sounded the “Last Post.” (1) Bearing the coffin into the cemetery. (2) The “Last Post.”

James Warren

Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 29 April 1876:

MILITARY FUNERAL.—One of the recruits of the Oxfordshire Militia, named Jas. Warren, of Henley-on-Thames, having died in the Radcliffe Infirmary, from brain fever, his remains were followed to the grave by the whole of his comrades on Tuesday last. The corpse was met at the gate of the Infirmary by the Band, firing party, and the remainder of the men, the whole under the command of their officers, and proceeded to St Paul’s Cemetery, where it was interred in the presence of a large number of spectators. Three farewell volleys having been fired in the air, the cortège returned along Walton-street, the Band playing a lively air. We hear that there are two more recruits in the Infirmary in a dangerous state, suffering from the same illness.



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