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Public funerals and the Treasury Solicitor

Treasury Solicitor

In some instances the council is required to arrange the funerals of persons where no relatives can be found or no-one is willing to arrange the funeral.

Where the estate of the deceased is worth more than £500, the Treasury Solicitor will take responsibility for winding up the estate. We have some instances where we are approached by multiple parties for information and documents. We will engage with the party who is seeking probate in connection with the estate in question.

Recently we have received an increased number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for public funeral information. To meet demand, the council have created this web resource to make available a list of public funerals and other information frequently requested by will hunters and researchers.

By doing this the council has fulfilled its obligation under section 19 (publication scheme), section 21 (publish information) and section 22 (future planned publication) of the FOI Act. From this point forward the council will refuse all FOI requests relating to this and applicants will be referred to this web page.

All organisations working to trace next of kin are treated equally and have access to the same information at the same time.

This will ensure all organisations working to trace next of kin are treated equally and have access to the same information at the same time. This change will also significantly reduce the burden to local tax payers of responding to large numbers of FOI requests to businesses and organisations.

The table below lists the instances in the county where the council has become involved. This page is updated regularly but an individuals information is not published until at least three months after their death.

Information about Home burial.

NameDate of birthDate of deathLast known addressDate of funeralPassed to treasury solicitor?
Wayne HORNER02.02.197117.12.2016Durrington20.02.2017No
Philip James TWIGG09.03.194814.01.2017Cricklade16.02.2017No
Percy Raymond DORSETT14.05.192026.01.2017Bowerhill21.02.2017No
Shelia MULFORD02.06.193418.02.2017Royal Wootton Bassett26.04.2017No
Eugeniusz NIEDZIOLKO17.02.197614.02.2017unknown17.05.2017No
William PAINTON13.11.195029.04.2017Salisbury26.06.2017No
Elizabeth BERLIE25.01.193327.04.2017Amesbury12.06.2017No
Victor HUMPHRIES16.10.193507.04.2017Trowbridge24.05.2017No
Patricia Joyce THOMSON08.10.195019.05.2017Swindon15.06.2017Yes
Bryant GASTON29.10.194209.05.2017Salisbury20.07.2017TBC
Kate CLIFFORD16.02.196820.06.2017Gillingham02.08.2017No
Beverley McADAM25.09.196418.04.2017Salisbury16.05.2017No
Graham Michael MORRIS23.04.194019.06.2017Salisbury08.09.2017No
Ian John GRAY15.07.193522.09.2017Marlborough26.10.2017Yes
Paul Anthony HENSON17.10.195031.08.2017Chippenham18.09.2017No
Ivor Leslie SHERWOOD16.12.194029.10.2017Quidhampton21.11.2017No
Beryl Vivienne PENTON15.11.193411.11.2017Salisbury21.12.2017No
Jean BELCHER15.10.193819.12.2017Royal Wootton Bassett22.01.2018No
Andrew EVERHALE20.07.194305.12.2017Bradford on Avon17.01.2018No
Colin Bruce FULLER12.12.194113.12.2017Salisbury14.03.2018Yes
Alfred Walter NOYES16.10.192426.01.2018Royal Wootton Bassett20.02.2018No
Susan Gillian PERKINS23.04.194424.01.2018Trowbridge21.02.2018No
Albert WISEMAN30.06.193712.01.2018Devizes02.03.2018No
Sonia Edith ROGERS14.03.194507.02.2018Corsham20/03/2018Yes
Raymond George HOARE22.06.192815.05.2018Westbury26.06.2018Yes
Keith WARRINGTON02.12.196708.06.2018Trowbridge23.07.2018No
David Vernon SEYMOUR24.12.194308.08.2018Salisbury07.09.2018TBC
Gary Robert NEWMAN16.06.197718.08.2018Ramsbury08.10.2018No
Kitty Doreen LE- GALLIENNE14.03.192428.09.2018Amesbury02.11.2018Yes
Artur SKAWINSKI23.04.196315.09.2018Devizes24.12.2018No
Roger Ferrier FAIRWEATHER02.01.194529.10.2018Durrington17.12.2018No
Patrick CARTER07.08.193420.12.2018Salisbury28.01.2019TBC
Steven John GARLICK27.12.196623.12.2018Devizes22.01.2019No
Dennis Joseph DENNEHY17.12.196630.01.2019Salisbury26.06.2019No
James Baz DEMPSTER01.05.194416.04.2019Salisbury23.05.2019No
Edward Charles Bertram DAVIS15.02.192714.04.2019Chippenham13.06.2019No
Milan VORONAK24.03.195625.04.2019Trowbridge07.06.2019No

If you believe you may have an interest in the estate or for further information please contact the Treasury Solicitor on 020 7210 4700 or visit their website.

Financial data

To enable the council to safeguard public health by providing funerals, the council is able to recover the cost of a funeral from the estate of the deceased. Most of the those who the council provides funerals for are often vulnerable or destitute individuals with no assets meaning in most cases no costs can be recovered.

Time periodExpenditure on funeralsTotal recovered from estatesTotal expenditure
2010 - 2011£13,955.56£7,227.65£6,727.91
2011 - 2012£17,164.23£1,154.91£16,009.32
2012 - 2013£12,281.00£1962.72£10,318.28
2013 - 2014£25,395.94£1,107.79£24,288.15
2014 - 2015£12,464.05£1,134.32£11,368.73
2015 - 2016£27,257.81£19,359.96£7,897.85

2016 - 2017

2017 - 2018

£25,310.00

£26,283.06

£20,287.59

£26,086.18

£5,022.41

£193.88

Public funerals requested

2008 - 2009

2009 - 2010

2010 - 2011

2011 - 2012

2012 - 2013

2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

2015 - 2016

2016 - 2017

2017 - 2018

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Prior to the formation of Wiltshire as a unitary council in April 2009, public funerals were administered by the respective district councils. Each council maintained their own recording systems and procedures for public funerals meaning data prior to 2008 - 2009 is not available.

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