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Name: Amelia Saunders

Burial Number: 0702

Gender: Female

Born: 18/2/1847

Died: 02/02/1915

Buried: 06/02/1913


Amelia Sophia Read was born in Singapore on 18th February 1847, she was baptised on 24th March 1847. Her parents were William Henry McLeod Read, 26yrs, East Indies Merchant, and Margaret Marjory, 19yrs, nee Cummings, born Scotland. When she was 2yrs old, Amelia’s mother died and she was sent to live with her father’s family in Marylebone, London.

In 1877, aged 30ys, Amelia married Francis Robert Saunders, 29yrs, on 24th July at St. Stephen’s, Paddington, they lived at Durham Terrace, Paddington, Francis was the Secretary of Rochester Diocesan Society. They had no children.

In March1886, aged 38yrs, Francis became mentally ill and was admitted initially, to Moorcroft House, Hillingdon, and then, in June 1887, to Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia Waters, Surrey.

Established in 1885, the Holloway Sanatorium served “the insane of the middle class.” A spacious establishment filled with grandly furnished rooms overlooking sweeping lawns, it was a beautiful place to be treated.

Francis returned to his family and in 1901 he was living with Amelia at the home of her father in Lewisham.  In1911, Amelia was living at ‘Dalvey’, Shakespeare Road, Worthing, with 2 lady companions, and in 1913, she died, aged 65yrs, on 2nd February.

Probate was granted to Anna McLeod Carswell (wife of Henry Carswell), effects £3939 14s 10d. Value 2021 – £466K.

Researcher: Unknown

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Amelia Saunders

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 2 Plot: 4

Exact Location (what3words): valve.tree.leap

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In dear memory of Amelia Sophia the beloved wife of Francis Robert Saunders who died February 2nd 1915 aged 65 years.

Further Information


Name: Amelia Sophia Saunders

Gender: Female

Born: 18/2/1847

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: Singapore


Maiden Name:Read

Marriage Date: 24/7/1877

Spouse First Name: Francis

Spouse Second Name: Robert

Spouse Last Name: Saunders

Town of Marriage: Paddington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 02/02/1915

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Dalvey

Address line 3: Shakespeare Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £3939 14 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £466000

Census Information


Living at 25, Durham Terrace, Paddington. Francis R. Saunders, 33yrs, Secretary Rochester Diocesan Society, wife, Amelia, 34yrs, aunt, Henrietta J. Read, 63yrs, gentlewoman, plus 4 domestic servants.


Living at 16, Montpelier Row, Lewisham. William H. McLeod Read, 82yrs, Retired E. Indies Merchant, son-in-law, Francis R. Saunders, 53yrs, Retired Secretary, daughter, Amelia Sophia Saunders, 54yrs, great nephew, Hugh Percy Saunders, 31yrs, (Born in Tasmania).


Living at ‘Dalvey’, Shakespeare Road, Worthing. Amelia Sophia Saunders, m. Hd.64yrs, 2 companions, Emily Louisa Prior, 45yrs, Francis Adelaide Gunn, 26yrs, temporary assistant, Elizabeth Bray, 36yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.

Miscellaneous Information

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