City of Southampton Society
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caring for our city's heritage and its green open spaces
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FoSOC was founded in 2003 by John Avery, Veronica Tippetts and Geoff Watts
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8th October 1902

EXTRAORDINARY BURIAL BLUNDER.

The sequel to an extraordinary burial was witnessed at Southampton Cemetery recently. Two women who had died suddenly were taken to the borough mortuary, and after the inquest one of the undertakers in mistake carried off the wrong body in a coffin for burial. The error was not discovered until the following day, when the mourners at the first funeral found they had been attending the obsequies of a person unknown to them. The difficulty was got over by burying the second body along -with the first, and reading the committal service over both.

26th December 1907

TWO FUNERALS FOR ONE MAN. Curious directions for the disposal of his, remains were left by Mr. John Robert Pringle, of 308 Stanstead Road, Catford, and .late of 14 Gloucester Square, Southampton, who died on September 30 last, aged 75 years, leaving estate of the gross value of £8049 The testator directed:-"After my, decease, I desire that a competent and trustworthy doctor of medicine shall, by any experiment he may deem suitable, thoroughly satisfy himself that life is absolutely extinct. My carcass to be cremated and the residuum thereof deposited in two metal urns numbered -respectively 1 and 2. On the ashes in No.1 arête be placed a packet which will be found on my desk, and miniature portrait scarf pin and on the ashes in urn No. 2 a similar packet, which will also be found on my desk and my miniature portrait finger ring." lie directed that the urns were then to be soldered down, and No. I buried in his mother's grave at Newport Pagnell, and the other in "my dear Lizzie's grave" in the Streatham Cemetery at Tooting. He also enjoined his son to see that the graves of his mother and of the testator's mother were properly looked after.
 

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