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   Otway Francis Smithers
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   30 March 1892
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  62
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   as above, Newbury
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   The Mount, Newbury, Berkshire
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  Otway Francis SMITHERS
  30 March 1892
  62
  Male
   
  Kerbstones & cross
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  Kerbstones south: In loving memory of Major General / west: Otway Francis Smithers / north: born 16th May 1829 died 30th March 1892
  Cross flat on ground, writing on top of kerbstones and repeated on the inner side
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  12 September 2016
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Otway Francis Smithers
02 April 1892
Newbury
Consecrated Private Grave
Reverend G Dunn
Maybe Drew
 
2
65
 
On FBMD Not sure about Rev's name

 

 

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Major-General Otway Francis Smithers
Article source:    The Morning Post
Date of source:    19 February 1874
Copyright:    © The Morning Post

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MAJOR-GENERAL O.F. SMITHERS

MARRIAGE
 
"HIRSCH - SMITHERS - On the 17th inst., at St. Saviour’s Haverstock-hill, by the Rev. S. Russell Davies M.A., late vicar of St. Stephen’s, Lewisham, brother-in-law of the bride, assisted by the Rev. - Herklots, M.A., vicar of St. Saviour’s, Sabina, daughter of J.F. Hirsch, Esq., of The Manor Hall, St. John’s-wood park, to Otway Francies Smithers, major in the Madras Staff Corps.  No cards.”
 
From THE MORNING POST, Thursday 19th February, 1874.

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Major-General Otway Francis Smithers
Article source:    Berkshire Chronicle
Date of source:    02 April 1892
Copyright:    © Berkshire Chronicle

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MAJOR-GENERAL OTWAY FRANCIS SMITHERS

DEATH OF MAJOR-GENERAL SMITHERS.—We deeply regret to announce after an illness of but a few days, the death of this gentleman, who resided at the Mount. The ultimate cause of death was peritonitis.

The deceased, in his military career, passed through the campaign of the Indian Mutiny, and wore the honours of that memorial time.

The general has resided at Newbury for several years, and took more than ordinary interest in local institutions. He was in his sixty-fourth year, and was the second son of the late Dr Smithers of Greenwich. The funeral takes place this day (Saturday)

BERKSHIRE CHRONICLE  Saturday 02 April 1892

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Major-General Otway Francis Smithers
Article source:    Reading Mercury
Date of source:    02 April 1892
Copyright:    © Reading Mercury

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MAJOR-GENERAL OTWAY FRANCIS SMITHERS

HIS DEATH

 DEATH OF MAJOR-GENERAL SMITHERS. —We deeply regret announce the decease of Major-General Smithers, which occurred on Wednesday at his residence, the Mount, Newtown-road, after a brief but severe illness.

The deceased gentleman, who had resided in Newbury for some years, and was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends, had devoted his leisure in promoting the interests of many of our local institutions. In politics he was a staunch Conservative, and officiated as Ruling Councillor of the Falkland Habitation of the Primrose League until its amalgamation with the Newbury Habitation. He evinced great interest in Church work in St. John's district, as well in the Newbury District Hospital, the Grammar School, the University Extension lectures, and the like.

He had for some years taken an active part in the local management of the business of the National Deposit Friendly Society, and was Vice-Chairman of the Berks and Hants Branch Committee of that Institution, as well as being member of the General Committee.

He had held high rank as a Freemason during his residence in India, and although not member of either of the Newbury Lodges, he had on one or two occasions attended the installation meetings.

The gallant officer was second son of the late Dr. Smithers, of Greenwich, and having obtained a commission in the 108th Regiment, served through the Indian Mutiny with distinction, and gained the medal and clasp. Later on he held a command in the Madras Presidency.

Latterly he had been in somewhat impaired health, but no serious consequences were apprehended, and last week he was as active and apparently well as usual. Unfortunately, however, he was poorly on Saturday, but still able to attend service at St. John's Church on Sunday. The symptoms became more serious Monday, and, despite medical skill, succumbed on Wednesday.

The intelligence of his death caused deep regret, and much sympathy with his widow and family has been expressed. His decease is a distinct loss to the town. The funeral will take place the Cemetery this (Saturday) afternoon at three o'clock.

READING MERCURY  Saturday 02 April 1892

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Major-General Otway Francis Smithers
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    07 April 1892
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News

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MAJOR-GENERAL OTWAY FRANCIS SMITHERS

THE FUNERAL
 
* THE FUNERAL OF MAJOR GENERAL SMITHERS, whose decease we announced in our last issue, took place on Saturdayafternoon in Newbury Cemetery. Prior to interment, the body was taken into St. John's Church, where the deceased was a sidesman. The mournful cortege was met at the by the Vicar (Rev. R. Dunn), who proceeded up the aisle reading the opening sentences of the burial service. Psalm XC was chanted by the choir, and the Vicar read the lesson, followed by the singing of the hymn "Days and moments quickly flying", and whilst the coffin, which was covered with beautiful wreaths and crosses, was being removed, the organist played the Dead March in Saul
 
The procession was then re-formed and slowly wended its way to the Cemetery, where the remainder of the service was read. On the coffin was a brass plate with the following inscription:- 
OTWAY FRANCIES SMITHERS, 
Born May 16, 1829 
Died March 30 1892 
 
The mourners were:- Messrs Bernard, Harry, and Leonard Smithers (sons), Mr F.O. Smithers, (brother), Mr. A. Hirsch (brother-in-law), Messrs. Collier and Alfred Smithers (nephews), and Mr. Russell Davies (nephew). The Misses Smithers were present in the church during the funeral service. Amongst those present in church and at the graveside were:- Sir Alexander Arbuthnot, K.C.S.I., Admiral Herbert, Sir Francis Scott, the Rector of Newbury (Rev. E.I. Gardiner), Rev. W. Pheasant, Rev. J. Atkins, Rev., John Pate, the Mayor of Newbury (Mr Councillor A. Jackson), General Maunsell, Captain Wood, Mr. R. Birch, Mr Brice Bunny, Mr. Alderman Absalom, Mr. A.C. Bazett, Mr. J. Morrison, Mr. Hopson, Mr G.J. Cosburn (representing the National Deposit Friendly Society),Mr. F. Everett, Mr. J. Hiscock, Mr. W. Hawkes, Mr. Walter Church, Mr. W. Cordrey, and many others.
 
The following sent wreaths:- The Widow, five children, Sir Francis and Lady Scott, Rev. R Dunn, Mrs. Vandeleur, Mr. F. Smithers (London), Mrs Atkins, Miss Constance Hirsch, Oscar and Mabel Hirsch, Miss Hirsch (London), Mr. A F. Hirsch (London), Miss Austin, Mrs. Wood, Mr. Morrison, Mrs. Corey (London), Mrs. Bailey (London), Mr. and Mrs. Bingham, Mrs. Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. William Holding, Miss Lawson (Ealing), Mr. and Mrs. F. Everett, Mr. J. Gilbert, &c.
 
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. George Wintle, of Northbrook Street. 
 
At the close of Sunday evening's service at St. John's Church, the organist (Mr. J.W. Vickers) played the Dead March in Saul, the congregation remaining standing.
 
NEWBURY WEEKLY NEWS 7th April 1892
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Major-General Otway Francis Smithers
Article source:    Berkshire Chronicle
Date of source:    09 April 1892
Copyright:    © Berkshire Chronicle

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MAJOR-GENERAL OTWAY FRANCIS SMITHERS

* THE LATE MAJOR-GENERAL SMITHERS. —The funeral of this lamented gentleman took place the cemetery on Saturday. The first portion of the service was said at the parish church of St John, where the deceased attended. The service was choral, and the vicar the Rev R. Dunn officiated. The hymn “Days and moments quickly flying” was sung.

The breast plate of the coffin contained the following inscription, “Otway Francis Smithers, born May 16th 1829 ; died March 30th 1892.” The coffin was covered with lovely wreaths, received from the widow, five children, Sir Francis and Lady Scott, Rev R. Dunn, Mrs Vandeleur, Mr F. Smithers, (London), Mrs Russell Davies (London), Miss Caw (Liverpool), Mrs Atkins, Miss Constance Hirsch, Oscar and Mabel Hirsch. Miss Hirsch (London) A. F. Hirsch (London) Miss Austin, Mrs Wood, Morrison, Mrs Corey (London), Mrs Bailey (London) Mr and Mrs Bingham. Mrs Hicks, and Mrs W. Holding, Miss Lawson (Ealing), Mr and Mrs F. Everett, Mr J. Gilbert, &c.

The mourners were Messrs Barnard, Harry, and Leonard Smithers, sons, Mr F. O. Smithers, brother, Mr Hirsch, brother-in-law, Messrs Collins and Wilfred Smithers, nephews, and Russell Davies, nephew. There were also a large number of the friends of the deceased in the Church. At the grave the service was concluded by the vicar.

Mr. Wintle conducted the funeral arrangements.

On Sunday last, reference was made to the death of the deceased, and in the evening the Dead March in Saul was played as the concluding voluntary.

BERKSHIRE CHRONICLE April 9 1892

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Otway Francis Smithers P.M.(Past Master)

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Major-General Otway Francis Smithers
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