Richard James COUCHERAbt 1834 - 1889 (~ 55 years)
Name Richard James COUCHER Born Abt 1834 St Pauls Warden, Herts  Gender Male Census New 6 Jun 1841 Isleworth, Middx  Died Oct 1889 St Pancras, London [3, 4] Buried 18 Oct 1889 Old Church, St Pancras, London  Newspaper Report 26 Oct 1889 London  ILLUSTRATED POLICE NEWS: FUNERAL OF A POLICE INSPECTOR. On Friday afternoon about three hundred men of the S or Hampstead Division of the Metropolitan Police assembled at the Albany-street Station to assist in the funeral obsequies of the late Reserve-Inspector Richard Coucher, who since the age of seventeen has been in the service of his country. Enlisting in the 20th Regiment of Foot, he went through the Crimean campaign, receiving distinction and promotion at the Battle of Alma and the English and Turkish medals for valour. He also saw service during the Indian Mutiny, and at the Relief of Lucknow received a bayonet through his neck, and was invalided home with the rank of colour-sergeant. On leaving the army he joined the C Division of police as a constable. He received an award and certificate from the Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire for saving several lives at the risk of his own. He was then promoted to an inspectorship, and for eleven years has discharged his duties at the Albany-street sub-division not only to the satisfaction of the authorities, but to the residents of the district generally. Two years ago he had symptoms of an internal disease, but after a short rest he was enabled to resume duty. In July last he had a relapse, and Dr Maughan, the divisional surgeon, recommended his removal to St Thomas?s Hospital, where he underwent a most painful operation. At the inquest of Saturday Inspector Wells obtained one of the new street ambulances and carefully conveyed his comrade to his residence, 24, Princess-terrace, Primrose-hill, so that he could die in the midst of his family. He did not live many hours, dying early on Sunday morning from cancer at the age of fifty-six. He leaves a widow and eight children to mourn his loss, the ages of the latter ranging from one year to seventeen, and are left totally unprovided for, owing to the fact that, finding he would be unable to do any more duty, the Commissioners awarded him a pension of £97 10s on the 5th inst. In the funeral procession Mr Superintendent Beard, with Chief-Inspector Collis and six mounted patrols, rode directly behind the car which contained the coffin and remains, there being a profusion of floral wreath. The mourning coaches followed, and the whole, preceded by the band of the division, proceeded on the way to St Pancras Cemetery, Finchley, the place of interment, the band breaking off at Hampstead. At the grave there was a large number of persons, mostly tradesmen of the district. Person ID I72 Cowcher Last Modified 10 Jul 2016
Father Richard COUCHER, b. 1804, Lambeth, London , d. 1870, London (Age 66 years) Mother Bathsheba BACON, b. Abt 1808, Essex , d. Nov 1892, Chelsea, London (Age ~ 84 years) Family ID F52 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Mary Ann HEARD, b. 1845, Whitechapel, London Married 23 Oct 1871 St Mary, Newington, London [6, 7]
- Details: Richard James Coucher, full, widower, Police serjeant, 50 Blackman Street, son of Richard Coucher, coachman AND Mary Ann Heard, full, sp, 49 the same (sic), Richard Heard, collector. Wits: Thomas Green, Harriet Coucher,
Children 1. Private 2. Gertrude M COUCHER, b. Abt 1873, Newington, London 3. Richard Minden COUCHER, b. 1875, Newington, London 4. Frederick William COUCHER, b. 1878, Newington, London 5. Edith Bathsheba COUCHER, b. 1879, St Pancras, London , d. 1880, St Pancras, London (Age 1 years) 6. Nellie Harriet COUCHER, b. 1881, St Pancras, London , d. 1883, St Pancras, London (Age 2 years) + 7. Amy Louise COUCHER, b. 1882, St Pancras, London 8. Edward J W COUCHER, b. Abt 1883, St Pancras, London 9. Albert James COUCHER, b. 1885, St Pancras, London + 10. Private Last Modified 25 Nov 2017 Family ID F58 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Event Map Census New - The Stables, St Margaret's, Isleworth, age 7 - 6 Jun 1841 - Isleworth, Middx Died - Oct 1889 - St Pancras, London Buried - 18 Oct 1889 - Old Church, St Pancras, London = Link to Google Earth
- [S1] Census, (www.ancestry.co.uk).
- [S1] Census, (www.ancestry.co.uk), HO107/658/5/29/4.
- [S2] GRO Indexes, (www.ancestry.co.uk), DQ1889, Pancras, 1b 2, age 56.
- [S23] London Deaths & Burials Index (Ancestry).
- [S59] British Newspaper Archive, (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/).
- [S2] GRO Indexes, (www.ancestry.co.uk), DQ1871, St Saviour Southwark, 1d 13.
- [S12] Marriage Certificate.
- [S1] Census, (www.ancestry.co.uk).