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all organisations working to trace next of kin are treated equally and have access to the same information at the same time.

Treasury Solicitor

In some instances the council is required to arrange the funerals of persons where no relatives can be found or no-one is willing to arrange the funeral.

Where the estate of the deceased is worth more than £500, the Treasury Solicitor will take responsibility for winding up the estate.

Recently we have received an increased number of  Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for public funeral information. To meet demand, the council have created this web resource to make available a list of public funerals and other information frequently requested by will hunters and researchers.

By doing this the council has fulfilled its obligation under section 19 (publication scheme), section 21 (publish information) and section 22 (future planned publication) of the FOI Act. From this point forward the council will refuse all FOI requests relating to this and applicants will be referred to this web page.

This will ensure all organisations working to trace next of kin are treated equally and have access to the same information at the same time. This change will also significantly reduce the burden to local tax payers of responding to large numbers of FOI requests to businesses & organisations.

The table below lists the instances in the county where the council has become involved. This page is updated regularly but an individuals information is not published until at least three months after their death.

Information about Home burials.


Date of birth
Date of death
Last known address
Date of funeral
Passed to treasury solicitor?
Elizabeth Ellen WOOD16.01.194804.01.2016Amesbury11.02.2016TBC
Tim David VARLEY13.06.195804.01.2016Devizes20.01.2016No
Natascha Elizabeth REEVE02.10.197327.01.2016Chippenham07.03.2016No
Dorothy Jean MILLER12.11.193508.02.2016Warminster13.04.2016No
David John JEFFERIES03.05.195218.01.2016Chippenham29.01.2016TBC
Eric Anthony PARDON03.05.195218.01.2016Devizes09.03.2016No
Andrew Paul DEAN27.09.197618.02.2016Devizes15.04.2016No
Martin Charles Vivien WICKS11.03.196212.02.2016Trowbridge11.04.2016No
Ronald ROSS06.06.192931.03.2016Salisbury26.04.2016Yes
Geoffrey Michael NUNN08.07.193905.04.2016Devizes18.05.2016Yes
Donna Louise MAIDMENT04.08.196812.04.2016Salisbury24.05.2016No
Vera Maureen BROUGH17.10.194224.03.2016Calne20.05.2016No
Leslie Yoa AMOAH04.07.195701.06.2016Melksham15.06.2016No
Axel BONNER17.11.194528.05.2016Durrington26.07.2016No
Peter Walker PRIDE15.02.193824.07.2016Marlborough12.09.2016No
Barbara WILLIAMS17.04.192428.09.2016Salisbury28.10.2016No
Gavin Robertson DOUGLAS30.13.194401.11.2016Bradford on Avon09.01.2017Yes
Anthony Charles OLIVER18.03.194221.12.2016Marlborough13.01.2017No
Wayne HORNER02.02.197117.12.2016Durrington20.02.2017No
Philip James TWIGG09.03.194814.01.2017Cricklade16.02.2017No
Percy Raymond DORSETT14.05.192026.01.2017Bowerhill21.02.2017No
Shelia MULFORD02.06.193418.02.2017Royal Wotton Bassett26.04.2017No
Eugeniusz NIEDZIOLKO17.02.197614.02.2017unknown17.05.2017No
William PAINTON13.11.195029.04.2017Salisbury26.06.2017No
Elizabeth BERLIE25.01.193327.04.2017Amesbury12.06.2017No
Victor HUMPHRIES16.10.193507.04.2017Trowbridge24.05.2017No
Patricia Joyce THOMSON08.10.195019.05.2017Swindon15.06.2017Yes
Bryant GASTON29.10.194209.05.2017Salisbury20.07.2017TBC
Kate CLIFFORD16.02.196820.06.2017Gillingham02.08.2017No
Beverley McADAM25.09.196418.04.2017Salisbury16.05.2017No
Graham Michael MORRIS23.04.194019.06.2017Salisbury08.09.2017No
Ian John GRAY15.07.193522.09.2017Marlborough26.10.2017Yes
Paul Anthony HENSON17.10.195031.08.2017Chippenham18.09.2017No
Ivor Leslie SHERWOOD16.12.194029.10.2017Quidhampton21.11.2017No
Beryl Vivienne PENTON15.11.193411.11.2017Salisbury21.12.2017No
Jean BELCHER15.10.193819.12.2017Royal Wootton Bassett22.01.2018No
Andrew EVERHALE20.07.194305.12.2017Bradford on Avon17.01.2018No
Alfred Walter NOYES16.10.192426.01.2018Royal Wootton Bassett20.02.2018No
Susan Gillian PERKINS23.04.194424.01.2018Trowbridge21.02.2018No
Albert WISEMAN30.06.193712.01.2018Devizes02.03.2018No
Colin Bruce FULLER12.12.194113.12.2017Salisbury14.03.2018Yes
Keith WARRINGTON02.12.196708.06.2018Trowbridge23.07.2018No


If you believe you may have an interest in the estate or for further information please contact the Treasury Solicitor on 020 7210 4700 or visit their website

Financial data

To enable the council to safeguard public health by providing funerals, the council is able to recover the cost of a funeral from the estate of the deceased. Most of the those who the council provides funerals for are often vulnerable or destitute individuals with no assets meaning in most cases no costs can be recovered.

Time period
Expenditure on funerals
Total recovered from estates
Total expenditure









Public funerals requested











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Prior to the formation of Wiltshire as a unitary council in April 2009, public funerals were administered by the respective district councils. Each council maintained their own recording systems and procedures for public funerals meaning data prior to 2008-09 is not available.


We use suppliers approved by the council's procurement team. Service procurement contracts are advertised on The South West Portal.


Companies interested in becoming suppliers should register with The South West Portal.


This would be covered as part of the procurement process. An invitation to quote or tender is published depending on the value of the contract (high value contracts are also advertised in the Official Journal of the European Community). For more information please view the Wiltshire Council Procurement Strategy.


The council currently uses a funeral director who successfully bid for this work through our procurement process. For more information please view the Wiltshire Council Procurement Strategy.


The Councils finance team uses a firm to trace missing or unknown family members. In some instances Public Protection Services make use of this company. Should further details be required please contact financial services direct.


The member of the Environmental Control & Protection Team who covers the district the deceased person died in.


The member of the Environmental Control & Protection Team who covers the district the deceased person died in.



Information regarding recent funerals conducted under the Public Health provisions are published in the table(s) above. All estates of a value of £500 or more are referred to the Treasury Solicitor in accordance with their guidance.


Cases referred to the Treasury solicitor along with relevant information, where available are published and accessible on the Unclaimed Estates List.



Last updated: 19 November 2018 | Last reviewed: 19 November 2018