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1128, Private Thomas J. ALLISTON — 11th Hussars

Also recorded as "Allison" and "Allistone".

Death, burial & memorialisation

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Born in Isleworth, Middlesex, c.1823.

Death & burial

Died in Richmond, near London, in 1896, aged 77 years.

Thomas Alliston's death certificate shows that he died from "Senile decay" at Hickey's Almhouses, Richmond, on the 27th of October 1896, aged 77 years, a Retired Prison Warder. His niece, Charlotte Durham, of 56, Hamilton Road, Brentford, was in attendance at and the informant of his death

Photograph of Hickey's Almshouses in 2012

Hickey's Almshouses

"William Hickey, who died in 1727, left his property in trust to provide pensions for 6 men and 10 women. Hickey owned several important and valuable properties on Richmond Hill, including The Wick. By the start of the 19th century, the trust had to decide what to do with the large amount of income. So in 1834 it decided to build and endow 20 almshouses for 10 men and 10 women, plus a chapel, and 2 gate lodge cottages — 1 for a porter, the other for a nurseth — in Sheen Road. Since then another 29 dwellings have been built on land behind the original almshouses."

[Source: Richmond Libraries' Local Studies Collection (accessed online 3.5.12). PB (2012) edited the photograph to remove modern street furniture.]

There is a report of his funeral taken from the Richmond and Twickenham Times for the 31st of October 1896 in the 11th Hussar file. [TO BE TRANSCRIBED]

He was buried in Grave No. 3494 Block R2, Grove Road Cemetery, Richmond, This is a common grave and no headstone was erected.

(There is a photograph of his grave-site in the 11th Hussar file.)

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