Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Honor Oak Crematorium records added to Deceased Online

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Honor Oak Crematorium records now on Deceased Online

Honor Oak Crematorium and its beautiful gardens were established in 1939, adjacent to Camberwell New Cemetery, and was opened by Lord Horder. The crematorium was designed by architects William Bell and Mau rice Webb; whose father, Sir Aston Webb, owned the company which designed Camberwell New Cemetery.

The records for Honor Oak (pictured) include digital scans of registers; the earlier of which feature an excellent range of detailed information (see sample below) including full names and addresses of both the deceased and the applicant, ages, occupations, and location of ashes. With the addition of all 150,000 names and records for Honor Oak Crematorium, Deceased Online now has over 1.5 million records for nearly 600,000 burial and cremations for the South London Borough of Southwark available through the website.

The three cemeteries managed by London Borough of Southwark – Camberwell Old, Camberwell New and Nunhead – have all records, dating back to 1840, on Deceased Online complete with register scans, grave details and cemetery grave section maps.

Notable cremations here include Dr. Harold Arundel Moody, who founded the League of Coloured Peoples in 1931. This was a British civil rights organisation that campaigned to eliminate the “colour bar” in Britain, where thousands of people were restricted socially and economically by their race. It was also active against such issues as the persecution of the Jews in Germany.

The much loved “Father Potter of Peckham”, Reverend Canon George Potter, was cremated at Honor Oak after his death in 1960. The Reverend Canon Potter battled against the horrendous poverty in his Parish and went on to found the Brotherhood of the Holy Cross, a religious order for the betterment of impoverished boys, and started a hostel in Nunhead to take in and reform boys who had committed crimes. Potter, driven by rats from his church hall, set up in the empty Eagle pub in Bells Garden Road and remained there for two years, until he and his congregation moved on.

Other South London Borough Council records on Deceased Online: Royal Borough of Greenwich, Lewisham, Merton and Sutton.

(With thanks to Deceased Online)


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