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Name: Frances Oakes

Burial Number: 1258

Gender: Female

Occupation: Private means

Distinction: Indian Army wife

Born: 21/8/1842

Died: 16/08/1926

Buried: 18/08/1926


Frances known as Fanny was born in Singapore, which at the time was run by the British East India Company as part of the Straits Settlements. Her father John was Overseer of the Commisariat Department and was responsible for supplying the British Army with food, clothing etc but not weapons. Fanny’s mother Jean nee Logan died of dysentery in June 1852 aged 44. John died in the November of chronic liver disease. Fanny stayed on in India and in 1860, married Ensign George Henry Oakes of the 4th Regiment, Madras Staff Corps. The wedding took place at St Andrew’s Church, Madras on 8th October. Amy Lucy was born in 1863 followed by George Richard in 1865, Howard Augustus in 1867, Fanny Constance in 1869, Horace Charles in 1871, Florence Mary in 1874 and Douglas Milne in 1876. He was born in Hampstead, England. Sadly, Fanny Constance died in 1874 in Bangalore aged 5. Amy Lucy married in 1886 but tragically died the following year when her carriage was involved in an accident. By 1891, the family had returned to England, living in Weymouth. George retired in 1896. In 1901, George, Fanny and Florence stayed in Worthing and by 1905, had moved to the town permanently. They moved into “Ferndale” in Winchester Road and then in 1909 to “Teviotdale” in Mill Road. George died here on 4th June 1909 and was buried at Heene. Fanny and her daughter Florence moved to “Montrose” in Belsize Road. Fanny died on 16th August 1926 (see notice below). Probate was granted on 30th August to Douglas Milne Oakes retired Major. Effects £371 14s 7d.

Florence Oakes stayed at “Montrose” until her death in 1961. She was buried with her parents.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Frances Oakes

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 9 Plot: 22

Exact Location (what3words): unfair.slows.pound

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In ever loving memory of my beloved husband Colonel George Henry Oakes Indian Army who passed into the presence of the Lord 4th June 1909 aged 70 years "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" 1 Cor. XV 55.57 Followed on August 16th 1926 by Frances Fanny Oakes his dearly loved wife for over 48 years aged 84 years "Just as I am without one plea but thatThy blood was shed for me and that Thou bidd'st me come to Thee. O Lamb of God I come" Also of Florence Mary Oakes the devoted daughter of the above born 22nd October 1874 died 21t January 1961 "I know that my Redeemer liveth" Job 19 v.25

Further Information


Name: Frances Fanny Oakes

Gender: Female

Born: 21/8/1842

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: Singapore


Maiden Name:Milne

Marriage Date: 8/10/1860

Spouse First Name: George

Spouse Second Name: Henry

Spouse Last Name: Oakes

Town of Marriage: Madras

County of Marriage: Known

Country of Marriage: India

Information at Death

Date of Death: 16/08/1926

Cause of death: Stroke

Address line 1: "Montrose"

Address line 2: 37

Address line 3: Belsize Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 22nd September 1926

At Montrose, Belsize Road, the residence of her daughter, Frances Fanny Oakes widow of Colonel George Henry Oakes aged 84 years, passed quietly away after lingering nearly a month from a seizure after the very painful removal of a small cyst on her lower eyelid.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £371 14 s 7 d

Current value of effects: £18630.00

Census Information


“Southsyde” Alexander Road, Weymouth, Dorset

George aged 51, colonel Indian Staff Corps. Fanny aged 48. Florence aged 16. Douglas aged 14. Plus 2 servants.


79 Marine Parade, Worthing, Sussex.

George aged 61, colonel Indian Army Staff Corps. Fanny aged 58. Florence aged 26. Staying at a boarding house run by Isabella Staygle.


“Montrose” Belsize Road, Worthing.

Fanny aged 68, widow. Florence Mary aged 36. Plus 1 servant.


37 Belsize Road, Worthing, Sussex

Fanny Oakes, widow. Florence Mary Oakes, daughter.

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.