People buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, Oxford whose deaths were followed by inquests

Breathwitt inscription

Left: This quotation at the top of Richard Breathwitt’s gravestone, “There is but a step between me and death” (1 Samuel 20:3) refers to the fact that Breathwitt, who was overseeing the construction of Keble College, stepped out of the barrow hauling him to the top, missed the platform, and fell seventy feet to his death.

Accidents: Drowning (13)
Accidents: Railway (9)
     (1) Passengers
  • Mrs Jane BROWN (1820/1–1878), who was killed in the Sittingbourne railway accident returning from the seaside
  • Thomas William NOON (1830–1851), who died in a train accident at Bicester station
  • Miss Florence Anne NUTTING (1855–1886), who fell mysteriously out of the door of a moving train near Culham on her way home to Leamington
  • John SIDES junior (1844–1889), who also fell mysteriously out of the door of a moving train, this time at Sonning, on the way to see his mother at Jericho House
  • Edward SYLVESTER (1826–1874), accountant who died in the Shipton-on-Cherwell railway disaster
     (2) Railway employees
  • Thomas COLE (1849–1889), railway guard killed by a train at Wheatley station
  • Alfred John SAVAGE (1865–1890), railway clerk killed by a train when crossing the line near Birmingham
  • Thomas Brown WHEELER (1868–1889), W. H. Smith platform bookseller killed when crossing the line at Bristol
    (3) Found dead on line: possible suicide
Manslaughter (3)
Suicide (5)
  • Benjamin Joseph GLAZEBROOK (1858–1879), unattached student
    (open verdict, swallowed prussic acid at his lodgings in Walton Crescent)
  • Hugh Francis O’HANLON (1842–1867), young Fellow of Lincoln College
    (shot himself in the head with a pistol at his lodgings in George Street)
  • Henry Reynolds Knatchbull ROGERS (1858–1876), son of the political economist James Thorold Rogers
    (hanged himself in his bedroom at home in Beaumont Street)
  • Francis John Chesshyre WALKER (1850–1871), undergraduate of Balliol College (shot himself in the heart in his college rooms)
  • Mrs Harriet WELLS née Cox (c.1820–1895), wife of a cabinet maker
    (hanged herself in her son's bedroom in Broad Street)
Accidents: Falls from high buildings (2)
  • Richard BREATHWITT (1831–1874), Clerk of Works at Keble College, who
    (fell to his death during its construction)
  • John Caldecott CAVELL (1813–1887), joint founder of Oxford’s leading department store
    (fell from his bedroom on the top floor of Elliston & Cavell down to Friar’s Entry)
Accidents: Fire (1)
  • Sarah Lottie HISTED (1885–1890) who fell into the kitchen fire and then developed scarlet fever
Natural causes (16)
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