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Kent and Sussex Crematorium

William Hartnell (1908-1975) - the first Doctor Who
2013 will see the fiftieth anniversary of the popular television series, Doctor Who. Although the Timelord is believed to be somewhere between 900 and 1,200 years old, he was introduced to the British public fifty years ago, on 23 November 1963. The first Dr Who was William Hartnell, who died in 1978 and is found in the database amongst the records of the Kent and Sussex Crematorium.

Deceased Online holds around 95,000 cremation records for the crematorium, most of which are scans of the registers dating from 1958 to 1995. More recent records are available fully computerised. Other Kent records on the database include the burial registers of Tunbridge Wells and Southborough cemeteries. 
William Henry Hartnell was born in the Bloomsbury area of London on 8 January 1908. His mother, Lucy Hartnell, was unmarried and worked as a commercial clerk, often sending the young 'Billy' to rural Devon to stay with her family. Hartnell dis…

Overdale Crematorium

Deceased Online completes digitisation project for Bolton Council
Completing the digitisation project of Bolton Council, 136,000 cremation records of Overdale Crematorium have been added to the database. From today all the records from 1954-1993 will be available to search.

Overdale Crematorium at Heaton was opened in September 1954 by Lord Horder of the Cremation Society. Its foundation stone was laid by George Sykes, who had served as a Conservative Mayor of Bolton from 1931 to 1932.
Sykes was born in Hull in 1874 and began work in a drapery business. He eventually became a director of Hampsons confectioners. A great champion of parks and open spaces, Sykes also took an interest in cremation, and was a keen advocate for the new crematorium. The idea for a crematorium in Bolton emerged as far back as 1938, but was delayed by the Second World War. After he died on 5 March 1958, George Sykes was cremated at Overdale and can be found in the records on the database.
The Crematorium…