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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?
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
Derry GRAY22.12.193609.06.2019Salisbury17.09.2019No
John D WINSTANLEY27.02.195311.06.2019Trowbridge06.08.2019Yes
Gail Anne GREEN11.07.196731.07.2019Chippenham12.11.2019No
Cyril PRINCE16.06.194020.09.2019Warminster20.11.2019No
Robert Alan JAMES06.12.195223.10.2019Westbury07.01.2020No
Valerie REES21.03.193904.11.2019Chippenham14.01.2020No
Bianca COLLINS21.05.197530.11.2019Calne04.02.2020No
Ivor Alan SALTER28.02.194306.02.2020Salisbury20.03.2020No
Bettina SHERRARD23.04.192719.12.2019Chippenham03.03.2020No
Ronald SKINNER02.02.194220.12.2019Corsham05.02.2020No
Gerta MAIDMENT30.03.194415.01.2020Royal Wotton Bassett21.02.2020No
Wilfred Alexander ROTCHELL24.06.194423.04.2020Devizes11.05.2020No
George WYLDER26.08.192922.04.2020Salisbury02.06.2020 
Pamela CARTER21.12.194629.06.2020Salisbury29.07.2020No

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£25,310.00£20,287.59£5,022.41
2017 - 2018£26,283.06£26,086.18£193.88
2018 - 2019£19,041.25£17,761.29-£1,279.96
2019 - 2020£26,370.32£31,029.45£4,659.13

The figures for the last two financial years include an estimate of officer costs. These have not been included previously.

Public funerals requested

2008 - 20092009 - 20102010 - 20112011 - 20122012 - 20132013 - 20142014 - 20152015 - 20162016 - 20172017 - 20182018 - 20192019 - 2020
51311322825333232          412232

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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