Richard James COUCHER

Richard James COUCHER

Male Abt 1834 - 1889  (~ 55 years)

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  • Name Richard James COUCHER 
    Born Abt 1834  St Pauls Warden, Herts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census New 6 Jun 1841  Isleworth, Middx Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died Oct 1889  St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried 18 Oct 1889  Old Church, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Newspaper Report 26 Oct 1889  London Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    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 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1870, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Bathsheba BACON,   b. Abt 1808, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1892, Chelsea, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann HEARD,   b. 1845, Whitechapel, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 Oct 1871  St Mary, Newington, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [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 Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Richard Minden COUCHER,   b. 1875, Newington, London Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Frederick William COUCHER,   b. 1878, Newington, London Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Edith Bathsheba COUCHER,   b. 1879, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     6. Nellie Harriet COUCHER,   b. 1881, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +7. Amy Louise COUCHER,   b. 1882, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Edward J W COUCHER,   b. Abt 1883, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Albert James COUCHER,   b. 1885, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location
    +10. Private
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F58  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus New - The Stables, St Margaret's, Isleworth, age 7 - 6 Jun 1841 - Isleworth, Middx Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Oct 1889 - St Pancras, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Oct 1889 - Old Church, St Pancras, London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Census, (www.ancestry.co.uk).

    2. [S1] Census, (www.ancestry.co.uk), HO107/658/5/29/4.

    3. [S2] GRO Indexes, (www.ancestry.co.uk), DQ1889, Pancras, 1b 2, age 56.

    4. [S23] London Deaths & Burials Index (Ancestry).

    5. [S59] British Newspaper Archive, (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/).

    6. [S2] GRO Indexes, (www.ancestry.co.uk), DQ1871, St Saviour Southwark, 1d 13.

    7. [S12] Marriage Certificate.