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Name: John Worgan

Burial Number: 0591

Gender: Male

Occupation: Lieutenant General in Royal Bombay Artillery

Born: 00/1/1822

Died: 07/11/1909

Buried: 10/11/1909


John Worgan was born on 6th August 1822 in Kentish Town, he was baptised at Old Street, St. Pancras, on 3rd September 1822. His parents were Thomas Danvers Worgan, 49yrs, a musician, and Margaret, he was their sixth child and first son.
John was named after his grandfather, John Worgan, an organist and composer, (1724 – 1790), one of the most highly respected musicians in London, of his day. Handel admired his playing and was quoted as saying, “He shall sit by me; he plays my music very well at Vauxhall, (Pleasure Gardens).” His grandfather had divorced his first wife, by whom he had six children, and married Eleanor, nee Baston, the mother of Thomas Danvers Worgan, John’s father.
John’s military career was with the Royal Bombay Artillery and spanned approximately 35 years. In 1848, aged 27yrs, he married Susan Mary Strettell, in Madras, and they had 5 children over the next ten years. Susan had returned to the UK by 1871 with their youngest son, Henry, 11yrs. John retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant General and was living in Kensington in 1882. His youngest son, Henry, had married and was living in Ontario, where it appears that his mother, Susan, lived with him. Henry died in Canada in 1897, aged 37yrs, and his mother, aged 68yrs, died the following year, also in Canada.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. John Worgan, had met Maria Louisa Wyatt, widow, as early as 1891 in Bournemouth, and in 1899, now widowed, aged 76yrs, he married Maria, 52yrs, at Holy Innocents Church, Hornsey. Maria had two adult sons who were both precious stone merchants. She died in 1906 in Kensington, aged 60yrs, John, then moved to Worthing where he lived at ‘Kirkee’, Mill Road, and on 7th November 1909 John died, aged 88yrs. Probate was granted to Frederick William Mackenzie Spring, Ret. Colonel, R.A., and Arthur William Berney Drummond, Solicitor. Effects £2749 18s 6d. Value 2020 – £329K.

Researcher: Maggie Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 6 Plot: 24

Exact Location (what3words): note.zest.depend

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In memory of Lieut. General John Worgan R.A. died Nov 7th 1909 aged 88 years "Into thine hand I commit my spirit. Thou has redeemest me. O Lord God of Truth" Psalm XXXl.V

Further Information


Name: John Worgan

Gender: Male

Born: 00/1/1822

Town: Kentish Town

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1849

Spouse First Name: Susan

Spouse Second Name: Mary

Spouse Last Name: Strettell

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: India

Information at Death

Date of Death: 07/11/1909

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Kirkee

Address line 3: Mill Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2749 18 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £329000

Census Information


Alum Dene, Holdenhurst, Hampshire. Maria L. Wyatt, widow, 45yrs, John Worgan, Ret. Lt. Gen. R.A., 68yrs, Boarder


The Grenville Hotel, Yelverton Road, Bournemouth. John Worgan, Ret. Lt. Gen. R.A., 78yrs, Boarder.

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