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william george parker b. 1877, Surrey

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sandra Report 26 Sep 2021 16:44

William G. died in 1912, regd. Guildford. He is buried in unconsecrated ground. Does anyone know why this is his burial place? His parents are buried in consecrated ground in Brookwood.


ArgyllGran Report 26 Sep 2021 17:02

Perhaps at his own request, if he had no religious belief??

Are you sure he was buried? Maybe he was cremated and his ashes scattered somewhere.

If he was definitely buried in a cemetery, maybe they have records which would explain the reason.

Some Google search results say that local authority cemeteries are not consecrated, though others confusingly say they are.
A particular plot can be consecrated if wished.

There's this:

"TO AVOID being buried on consecrated ground, one need only ensure that there is a secular funeral. Any subsequent burial will certainly be in a local authority cemetery, which will not be consecrated. Only churchyards are consecrated and even then many extensions to churchyards are unconsecrated (mainly because of legal complications)"

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 26 Sep 2021 20:02

How do you know it’s unconsecrated grounds ?

Do you have his death cert for cause of death

Just curious :-)


greyghost Report 27 Sep 2021 13:00

Burial record available on Deceased online

Parker, William George
buried on: 13 January 1912
recorded at: Brookwood Cemetery (Surrey)

Full register details.......... subscription.........view.........about ...
Burial register scan..........subscription..........view.........about ...
Map of grave location......£2.50.....................view

£5 one off payment should give you access to Register details and Register Scan


nameslessone Report 27 Sep 2021 13:25

Brookwood cemetry has its own website :

If I remember properly I think they always had their own stand at the West Surrey FH events, so I assume a lot of research has been done on the graves.


ErikaH Report 28 Sep 2021 11:11

Clickable link..................

They charge £15.00 for a basic search


nameslessone Report 28 Sep 2021 11:47

Thanks Erika.

We can’t quite fathom why I can’t post links properly.


ErikaH Report 28 Sep 2021 13:04

I just C&P


nameslessone Report 28 Sep 2021 14:16

If only it was that easy. It always used to work and now it seems not to.


ErikaH Report 28 Sep 2021 15:42

It does for me............ ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)


greyghost Report 28 Sep 2021 19:24

Googling brought up this old thread from GR -

and also this from rootschat

Just google "why bury in unconsecrated ground" for more explanations


Andysmum Report 28 Sep 2021 21:28

I have one lot of ancestors who were Welsh Baptists and all are buried in unconsecrated ground. (The cemetery is huge and all is consecrated apart from one small section, which made it much easier to search for people!!)


JayADee Report 1 Oct 2021 12:12

My Mum had a baby in early 1940s who died after a few days and because she wasn't baptised she was buried in unconsecrated ground in the church yard. My Mum never forgot this and blamed herself I think. JAD


ArgyllGran Report 5 Oct 2021 22:04

PM from Sandra to say :

"I have since discovered that William George Parker died of chronic alcoholism."

I don't know if that would have any bearing on where he was buried - but maybe people were glad he'd gone.