Male portrait placeholder image

Name: Richard Clifford

Burial Number: 0804

Gender: Male

Occupation: Army officer Indian Army

Born: 24/01/1841

Died: 10/11/1915

Buried: 13/11/1915


Richard Melville Clifford was born in Kildallan, Co. Cavan, Ireland, on 24th January 1841. He was the son of Captain Robert Clifford, J.P. 48yrs, and Mary Jane Morgan Williams, 36yrs. The Cliffords were a long-established family with military connections to the Indian Army. Richard was 1 of 9 children.

In 1858 Richard joined the Army and in 1873 he was Captain Clifford when he married, aged 32yrs, in Dublin North, at St. George’s Parish Church; his wife was Celestine Sarah Maxwell, 20yrs. He returned to India where his 4 sons were born, Maurice W. 1874, Wigram, 1876, Richard H. 1877, and Roland M. 1878, a daughter, Catherine, was born in Dublin in 1885.

In 1892 Richard was Colonel Clifford, and when he retired, he had the rank of Major General. In 1911, Richard and Celestine were living at 12, Park Crescent, Worthing, they also had a London home at Belmont Grove. By 1915 they had moved to Placilla, Lansdown Road, Worthing, where Richard died on 10th November 1915, aged 74yrs. Probate was granted to Miller Hancorne Clifford, Esq., and Edward Miles Clayton, Inspector R.I.L. Effects £1340 15s 6d. Value 2022 – £146,700.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 4 Plot: 19

Exact Location (what3words):

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


Major General Richard Melville Clifford Indian Army born 24th January 1841 died 10th November 1915 "Blest are the departed who in the Lord are sleeping"

Further Information


Name: Richard Melville Clifford

Gender: Male

Born: 24/01/1841

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: Ireland


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1873

Spouse First Name: Celestine

Spouse Second Name: Sarah

Spouse Last Name: Maxwell

Town of Marriage: Dublin

County of Marriage: County Cork

Country of Marriage: Ireland

Information at Death

Date of Death: 10/11/1915

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Placilla

Address line 3: Lansdowne Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1340 15 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £146700

Census Information


Living at 12, Park Crescent, Worthing, Sussex. Richard Melville Clifford, 70yrs, Army Officer, Major-General, Supernumerary List, wife, Celestine Sarah Clifford, 58yrs, daughter, Catherine, single, 26yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.