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Burials after suicide
« on: Friday 08 January 21 15:34 GMT (UK) »

Hi

If a person committed suicide, I understand they couldn't be buried in a Churchyard, so where would they be buried?
Would it be in an a part of the churchyard that wasn't consecrated? and would the burial be entered into the church records?

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Re: Burials after suicide
« Reply #1 on: Friday 08 January 21 16:56 GMT (UK) »
What sort of date do you have in mind?

I know of a man who killed himself in the 1850s, whilst living in the local town; he's buried in the graveyard of his home village in the same county.
Bradbury (Sedgeley, Bilston, Warrington)
Cooper (Sedgeley, Bilston)
Kilner/Kilmer (Leic, Notts)
Greenfield (Liverpool)
Holyland (Anywhere and everywhere, also Holiland Holliland Hollyland)
Pryce/Price (Welshpool, Liverpool)
Rawson (Leicester)
Upton (Desford, Leics)
Partrick (Vera and George, Leicester)
Marshall (Westmorland, Cheshire/Leicester)

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Re: Burials after suicide
« Reply #2 on: Friday 08 January 21 17:08 GMT (UK) »
What period are you talking about? Check out the 1823 Suicide Act, the Burial Laws Amendment Act 1880 and the Suicide Act 1961.
S. Wales, Somerset, Devon - Oxenham

Aberavon - Hopkin/s, Jenkins, Thomas
St. Brides/Wick - Jenkins
Llanblethian -  Price
Abergwynfi -  Han(d)ford
Pontardawe -  Lewis.


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Re: Burials after suicide
« Reply #3 on: Friday 08 January 21 19:43 GMT (UK) »
Our local graveyard has (at least) one suicide.
Note in the register Buried without (church) service.

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Re: Burials after suicide
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 09 January 21 08:07 GMT (UK) »

hi

The inquest usually returned a verdict of took own life while temporally insane which enabled them to be buried in the churchyard.

John
Ellam, Mills, Ellins
Firth, Wood, Muffitt
Hill, Mattinson, Nicholson
Morrey, Hudson, Limb

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Re: Burials after suicide
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 09 January 21 09:45 GMT (UK) »
I have 2 cousins who sadly took that path, both are buried in consecrated ground.
Griff
ackland. lymington/southampton
hulme.   biddulph moor/southampton
mcrea.   aberdeen/southampton
gordon.  aberdeen
weir.      aberdeen/southampton
griffiths. llannefydd
roberts. llannefydd
davies. ffestiniog/llannefydd
linton.  southampton
callen. eling/totton

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Re: Burials after suicide
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 09 January 21 10:12 GMT (UK) »
I can concur with Jim - I have an ancestor who committed suicide in 1875 and the coroner's verdict was that the cause of death was "suicide whilst in a state of temporary insanity". This was also stated on his death certificate. He was buried in the village churchyard in consecrated ground.

I also seem to remember that by the coroner giving such a verdict, it allowed the deceased's estate to be retained by the family (or distributed in accordance with a will). However, I can not find my notes on this so can not state it so with 100% accuracy.

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Re: Burials after suicide
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 09 January 21 12:08 GMT (UK) »
Also check out "Felo de se"
S. Wales, Somerset, Devon - Oxenham

Aberavon - Hopkin/s, Jenkins, Thomas
St. Brides/Wick - Jenkins
Llanblethian -  Price
Abergwynfi -  Han(d)ford
Pontardawe -  Lewis.

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Re: Burials after suicide
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 09 January 21 13:54 GMT (UK) »

Hi, Many thanks to everyone who replied to my request regarding burial after suicide.

The year was 1923 the person concerned was aged 19 years old and a soldier.

I have been told he is not buried in his home village churchyard in Buckinghamshire, nor can I find his burial in Hampton Middx or surrounding area, the place where he died.

Many thanks