James Porteous Jackson

Date published: 24/06/2013
© Newbury Weekly News







The funeral of the late Alderman Jackson, J.P., whose death occurred on Wednesday week, at Bournemouth, as reported in our last issue, took place on Monday afternoon, when the large attendance of representative public men testi­fied to the respect and esteem entertained for the venerable alderman, who for over sixty years had been actively identified with the public life of the borough. The body, enclosed in a coffin of polished oak was conveyed by train from Bournemouth to Newbury and taken direct to the church of St John the Evangelist, in which the deceased had during the latter days of his life been a regular worshiper. The funeral service was fixed for a quarter past three, and there was a large congregation present, the seating arrangements being superintended by Mr Churchwarden Haldane.

Prior to the service, Miss Charters, who was at the organ, played appropriate selections, including Chopin’s “Funeral March," and two preludes by the same composer. The vicar (Rev. R. Wickham Legg) conducted the service in impressive manner. The body, in the coffin covered with flowers, was placed at the chancel steps, with the mace bearers, the maces draped with crape, standing sentinel at the head and foot. As the body was borne out of church, the organist played the “Dead March in “Saul”.  The procession to the Cemetery was a long one. First the body, followed by the bereaved relatives; then the mace-bearers pre­ceding the Mayor, wearing his gold chain enveloped in crape, the aldermen, councillors, borough officials, borough magistrates, and mem­bers of the Board of Guardians, personal friends and townsmen generally. The interment took place in the vault, where rest other members of the alderman’s family.

The mourners were Mr. Arthur Jackson (son), Mrs. Dick. Mr Bruce Jackson, Mrs Wells Jackson, Mr Porteus Jackson, Mr Bruce Jackson, grandchildren; Mrs. Charles Jackson, Mrs Wells Jackson, Mr C. Strong, Miss Wilson, Miss F Wilson, Miss Hodgetts, Miss Plenty, Miss Eliza Bevis and Mr. Sydney Bevis, the two latter having been faithful servants for fourteen years. The Corporation was represented by the Mayor (Mr. Richard Hickman), Aldermen R. Ravenor and R. Long, J. P., Councillors S. Knight J.P., A. Jackson, J.P., E. Harris, J. Rankin J.P., W. E. Lewendon, J.P., F. C. Hopson, J. Stradling, T.H. Pratt, E. Gould, T. W. Turner, S.Knight, jun., and C. A. Hawker; Mr. F. Q. Louth (town clerk), Mr. John Mason (borough auditor). Mr. F. Comyns (Museum curator), Mr. S. J. Lee Vincent (borough surveyor), Mr. H. Pratt (Corn Exchange manager), Mr. Thomas Stillman (attendance officer).

The Borough Magistrates, In addition to those who are members of the Corporation, included Dr. Watson (Borough Coroner), Mr. Stephen Hemsted, Mr. F. J. Coldicutt, and Mr. W.Skinner.
Newbury Board of Guardians was represented by Mr. Richard Beynon (chairman), Miss Talbot, Mr. Hannibal Hill, Mr. C. Darrell, Mr. Stanley V. Pinninger (clerk), Mr. W. Church (Sanitary Inspector), Mr. A. J. Rawlins (relieving officer. Mr. Joseph Adey attended on behalf of the Newbury Steam Laundry Company.  There was also present the Rector of Newbury (Rev. Lionel Majendie), the Mayoress of Newbury (Mrs Hickman), Rev. Oliver Slocock, Rev. C. B. Johnson, Rev. F. E. Overton, Rev. A. N. Acheson, Messrs. D. R. Jones, Edward Somerset, W. H. Pitman, E. L. Staples, W. Edwards, John Parker, J. F. Haldane. W. J. Brothers, J. W. H. Kemp, F. H. Stillman, J. S. Herbert, Edgar Stillman, A Floyd, F. Pocock, W. J. Dike, Miss Simmons, Mrs. Walter Penford,  Miss Hodgetts, Miss F. Harrold, etc.

The Berkshire Constabulary sent a deputation of seven constables and two officers (Sergts. llott and Langman).

The floral tributes included those from the following: Mr. Arthur Jackson, Mr. P. Wells Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Jackson (New York), Mr. and Mrs. P. Wells Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. W. Jackson (Armour, S. Dakota), Mr. and Mrs. J. Ferguson Dick, Mr. J. Porteus Jackson and Miss Louie Kington, Mrs. Charles Jackson and Mr. A. B. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackson (Cairo), Mary Ethel; the Misses A. and F. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. and Miss Gurney, Miss Hodgetts. Miss Florence Cox, Mr. and Mrs. G. Green, Elizabeth and Sydney, etc.

The coffin plate was inscribed: —


Died 26th September, 1906,

Aged 89.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by

Messrs. Penford and Son, Newbury.



At the Parish Church on Sunday evening, the rector referred to the death of Alderman Jackson, "who for 27 years was faithful warden of the church during the most critical period if its history.” Mr. Liddle played the “Dead March,” the congregation standing. Subse­quently, Mr. Liddle gave a very fine rendering of Guilmant’s impressive “Funeral March.'’


Before the commencement of the usual busi­ness at the Newbury Board of Guardians on Tuesday, the chairman (Mr. R. Beynon) alluded to the death of the late Alderman Jackson, and suggested that they should instruct the clerk to convey a message of sympathy with the family. The Chairman went on to say that although Mr. Jackson was not a member of the Board when he died, he had been a Guardian for about twelve years. He thought so much of his duties as Guardian that he never missed a meeting except through ill-health, or absence from home. He (the chairman) was sure that it would be the unanimous wish of the Board that a message of sympathy in their bereave­ment be sent to the family. The motion was carried sub. silentio.



At the Borough Police Court on Friday Morning, Mr. F. J. Coldicutt, presiding, said he felt sure he was voicing not only his own feelings, but those of his brother justices and the townspeople generally, when he expressed their regret at the death of Alderman Jackson, who had sat on that bench for a lengthened period, and had filled other im­portant offices in the borough. Deceased had attained a great age, and throughout his life had proved himself a worthy citizen, straightforward, and honourable in all his dealings.

Mr. Jackson would be very much missed, and the magistrates desired to express their sincere sympathy with the surviving members of their late colleague’s family.


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