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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Frances Ace
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   18 October 1900
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
Burial register information:
Book number: 1899
Page number: 019
Record number: 7348
Official at burial:
   E H Titchmarsh
Source of information:
  Burial Register
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Frances Ace
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
Date of source:    18 October 1900
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News


Frances Ace
On Monday last a lamentable case of suicide occurred at 3, Burton-terrace, West-fields, the subject being a fine, good looking young woman, named Frances Ace, who was visiting her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan. The suicide was peculiar from the fact that no reason whatever was given, or even surmised for the fatal act. The deceased had been visiting Newbury for over six weeks, and during that time had been in her usual health and spirits, beyond that she seemed rather quiet, and did not talk. She was aged only 22 years, and had had several situations at Southend, the loss of which seemed to rather upset her. The time of her visit had almost expired,and she had written to her mother to expect her home on Tuesday. On Monday she was missed at dinner time, and her uncle, Mr. John Morgan, searched for her, and found her in her bedroom hanging by her neck to a bed-post, about four feet high. She was quite dead. The matter was reported to the Borough Coroner, Dr. H. Watson, J.P., who ordered an inquest to be held on Tuesday in the Magisterial Chamber. 
The jury elected Mr. Lawrence Cleeves as foreman, and after viewing the body, evidence was taken. The first witness was:-
Elizabeth Ace, a widow, living at Lllanelly, identified the body as that of her daughter, who left home, April 2nd, to go to Southend. She was in service in two or three places, and since leaving the last situation about six weeks ago. She had been visiting her aunt, Mrs. Morgan. Witness had many letters from her daughter : in some of these she appeared anxious about her situations, saying she did not care for them and could not remain in them. She wrote Sunday briefly saying she would be home at Llanelly on Tuesday about four p.m., (letter produced and read). At times she suffered from dyspepsia: sometimes she was high spirited, and at others correspondingly depressed. There was no reason whatever to anticipate so terrible an end. No traces of insanity existed in the family on either side. Her father had been dead 15 years. 
John Morgan, a joiner, employed at Messrs. Elliott's, said the deceased came to Newbury about August 28th. She was very cheerful the first few weeks, but latterly she has been given to sitting down a long time and thinking, but not talking. She never gave any explanation of her gloominess. She was quite happy. It was mutually arranged she should return home on Tuesday. She started packing her box on Monday. When he went home on Monday to dinner, at ten minutes past one, he asked his wife where Frances was, and she said packing her box. He called her down to dinner, but could get no answer. Going upstairs, be found her hanging by the bed-post. She was partly sitting on the floor, with the handkerchief (produced), an ordinary lady's fancy necktie round her neck, and the end on the top of the post. She was quite dead, but not cold. He cut her down at once, and then, having called his wife, fetched the policeman. There had been no quarrel or unpleasantness amongst them at all. The handkerchief was one she used to wear round her neck.
Mrs. Susan Morgan, wife of the last witness, spoke as to deceased having been rather depressed, sometime she was cheerful. She had been to church the night before and came home quite bright. On Monday she did not get up until 10 a.m., but seemed in her usual spirits. She breakfasted, and shortly after eleven o'clock went to pack her box. Witness went to help her and left her about half-past twelve to get the dinner when she was still packing. On her husband's return she first heard of the suicide. She heard no noise whatever. Deceased had never expressed any intention of taking her life, or that she was in any difficulty whatever. 
Dr. Hickman spoke to having been called in to see the body of the deceased. Life was extinct. She looked quite placid, and her face was not distorted nor discoloured, an unusual circumstance. She was very pale. A postmortem examination showed that the lungs and the right side of the heart were congested, while the kidneys were congested, full of blood. There was no sign of pregnancy and no marks of violence except the mark round the neck. The cause of death was hanging. It would seem almost impossible to be hung on the bedpost as her feet would be on the ground all the time. The post of the bedstead was only four feet high. The girl was five feet two or three and was well nourished, and healthy. It was more a case of strangulation or suffocation than hanging. The symptoms of congestion pointed to strangulation. It was quite possible for the girl to have done it herself. The handkerchief was tied with a slip-knot. 
The Coroner briefly summed up, expressing his grief at the occurrence and emphasising the fact that no cause was stated, and the jury after a short consultation brought in a verdict of " Suicide whilst temporarily insane." 
Thursday 18 October 1900  Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser 
FOOTNOTE:  The Aunt, Susan Morgan, and uncle, John Morgan, as well as the foreman of the jury, Lawrence Cleeves, all appear to be buried in Newtown Road Cemetery.
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