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Name: Albert Burnham

Burial Number: 1239

Gender: Male

Occupation: Contractor's Carman; Domestic Coachman;

Born: 00/00/1869

Died: 19/04/1926

Buried: 24/04/1926

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Albert was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1870 to a labourer, William Burnaham and his wife, Drusilla née Allen, who was a dressmaker, with 1 sister and 3 brothers. By 1881 the family had moved to Green End Street, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury by which time his mother had died and only one brother and himself were with their father. In the 1891 Census Albert is a contractor’s carman and shown lodging with Thomas Fisher, a railway porter, and his family at Marne Street, Chelsea. In about 1894 Albert married Mary Louisa Brown and in 1901 they were living at Stable Cottage. Friars Lane, Aston Clinton. Albert was a domestic coachman with 2 young sons, Albert George, aged 3, and John William, aged 1. Albert George joined the Royal Navy in 1919 and survived WW1.

We now know he worked for Mr Rodocanachi who owned Rose Bank, Acton and then moved his family and staff to Worthing. He built a large house with a stable and cottages in Heene and have we have found this poster of Mr Rodocanachi’s home.

Albert and Mary were in Heene by 1911 at 4, Heene Mews, and there was a daughter, Doris Drusilla, aged 4. Albert’s probate announcement shows that he had prospered for he left £3097 0s 2d when he died at 17, Shakespeare-road, Worthing, on 19 April 1926.

N.B. Probate states Albert is of Bethel, 27 Belsize Road, Worthing and died at 17 Shakespeare Road, Worthing.


Researcher: Angela Levy

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 7 Plot: 10

Exact Location (what3words): royal.gain.beans

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of my beloved husband Albert Burnham who was called home suddenly 19th April 1926 aged 56 "Called, Chosen, Faithful" and his beloved wife Mary Louisa passed home 27th March 1940 in her 69th yea "Reunited"

Further Information


Name: Albert Burnham

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1869

Town: Aylesbury

County: Buckinghamshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1896

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Louisa

Spouse Last Name: Brown

Town of Marriage: Chelsea

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 19/04/1926

Cause of death: Heart Disease; Haemorrhage at base of neck; Post Mortem.

Address line 1: "Bethel"

Address line 3: Belsize Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £3097 0 s 2 d

Current value of effects: £127159.00

Census Information


Kingsbury, St Mary, Aylesbury
William Burnham, 48, head, labourer; Drusilla Burnham, 41, wife, dressmaker; Sarah Burnham, 13, daughter, scholar; Harry Burnham, 8,  scholar; John Burnham, 3, scholar; Albert Burnham, 1, son; Francis Burnham, 4 months, son;


Green End Street, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury
William Burnham, 58, head, widower, carter; Harry B Burnham,18, son, carter; Albert Burnham, 11, scholar;


72, Marne Street, Chelsea
Thomas Fisher, 28, head, Railway Porter; Ellen Fisher, 28, wife; Ernest Fisher, 12, son, scholar; Henry Fisher, 10, son, scholar; Albert Burnham, 21, lodger, contractor’s carman;


Stable Cottage, Friars Lane, Acton, Middlesex
Albert Burnham, 31, head, coachman (domestic); Louisa Burnham, 30, wife; Albert G Burnham, 3, son; John William, 1, son;


4, Heene Mews, Worthing
Albert Burnham, 41, head, coachman domestic; Mary Louisa Burnham,30, wife; Albert George Burnham, 13, son, school Doctor’s Boy; John William Burnham, 11, son, school; Doris Drusilla, 4, daughter;

Miscellaneous Information

FoHC received a letter in February 2022 from Michael Burnham, grandson to Albert and Mary Louisa Burnham.


Worthing Gazette 21st April 1926

“A Garden Tragedy”

One of the Corporation gardeners and assistant park keepers Albert Burnham of Bethel, Belsize Road died with tragic suddenness while mowing a lawn in Shakespeare Road on Monday evening. Deceased who was 55 years of age, was employed at the Victoria recreation ground. At a coroner’s inquiry yesterday, held by Mr Fraser Haddock, the Deputy Coroner for West Sussex, Mrs Burnham stated that on going back to his work after dinner, her husband told her he would be a little late as he was going to cut the grass in an empty house opposite the park. He appeared to be in his total health. Deceased was seen lying in the garden of the empty house at about half past five by Miss Amy Pillaut who is in domestic service next door. he lay close by the mowing machine. Mrs A Terry of 31 Thorn Road, whose attention was drawn to the garden by Miss Pillaut said he appeared to her to be dead at that time although she fancied she saw his eyelids move. Dr J G Drew was called and could find no sign of life and restoratives were tried in vain.

Dr W O Pitt made a post mortem examination which disclosed old pleurisy in both lungs, signs of old pericarditis and the heart a little enlarged. There were small haemorrhages on the bronchial tubes and a haemorrhage at the root of the neck which may have caused death. The Deputy Coroner recorded the cause of death as given in Doctor Pitt’s evidence.