Deaths reported to a coroner

The role of the Coroner is to investigate and record the causes and circumstances of all sudden deaths where the cause is:

  • Not known or
  • Violent or
  • Unnatural or
  • Occurred when the deceased was in custody

The Coroner is an independent judicial officer.

Herefordshire Coroner's Service

The Herefordshire Coroner is HG Mark Bricknell.

The Assistant Coroner is Roland JT Wooderson.

They are supported by:

Alison Ball - Coroner's Clerk
Administrative support is available on email coroners@herefordshire.gov.uk or telephone 01432 261813 and is available to the public during the following hours:

  • Monday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 8.30am -1 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Friday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer
Telephone 01432 347178, email margaret.oliver@westmercia.police.uk hours 8.30am - 3.30pm.

Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer
Telephone 01432 347351, email nigel.phillips@westmercia.police.uk hours 8.30am - 3.30pm.

The postal address is Coroner's Office, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ

Outside of these hours any sudden violent and unexpected deaths or any emergency to do with the Coroner's service may be reported through any police officer.

About the Coroner

The Herefordshire Coroner sits at the Town Hall, Hereford.

He considers deaths in Herefordshire that are reported to him. Of the 2,000 or so deaths in the county each year approximately half are referred to the Coroner for consideration, some will necessitate a post mortem.

Of the cases referred, the Coroner will typically open an inquest in 100+ cases each year.

The Coroner endeavours to establish how the deceased died. Often this will be useful in understanding whether safe procedures or practices have been followed or can be improved.

The Coroner meets regularly with representatives from business, the police and hospitals to discuss ways in which deaths can be prevented or their number reduced, frequently using the knowledge gained from the Inquest process. This leads to the adoption of new practices both within organisations and in our daily lives.

The Coroner, therefore, while endeavouring to provide a compassionate service for the bereaved very much exists for the benefit of the living.

For more information on the role of a coroner and what to expect during a coroner's investigation, see the Ministry of Justice Guide to Coroner Services (pdf).

Deaths referred to the Coroner, inquest hearings and conclusions

Details of deaths referred to the Coroner, inquest hearings and conclusions are listed below.

Inquests may be listed at short notice and may not always appear on this page. If you are expecting an inquest to be listed and it does not appear please telephone or email the Coroner's office using the contact details above.

Opening of inquests and investigations in the current and previous month

Date Venue Name of deceased Age at death Hearing type
1 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford David Bernard Bufton 81 years Inquest
1 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Adrian John Woodall 50 years Investigation
1 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Sibyl Rosemary Graham 91 years Inquest
6 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Graham George Mansfield 71 years Inquest
8 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Gillian Jane Parsons 78 years Inquest
10 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Carl John Dyche 51 years Inquest
15 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Margaret Dawkins 90 years Inquest
20 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Michael Clifford Cook 74 years  Investigation
20 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford John William Smith 41 years Investigation
22 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Carlton Ronald Lowe 89 years Inquest
23 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Anne Elizabeth Gough 86 years Inquest
29 December 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Adrian Douglas Jones 56 years Inquest
4 January 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Caroline Jane Fuller 52 years Inquest
6 January 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Julian Leslie Johnson 72 years Investigation
10 January 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Charles Michael Greene 23 years Investigation
12 January 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Judith Armstrong 78 years Inquest
21 January 2022 Town Hall, Hereford John Thomas Helme 72 years Inquest
26 January 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Trevor Raymond James Bickers 90 years Inquest

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
2 February 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Keith Belson 51 years Leominster
2 February 2022 10.30am Town Hall, Hereford Raymond Anthony Banfield 81 years County Hospital, Hereford
2 February 2022 11am Town Hall, Hereford Gillian Jane Parsons 78 years County Hospital, Hereford
3 February 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Brandon Mark Mortlock 16 years Hereford
4 February 2022 9.30am Town Hall, Hereford Susan Penelope Legge 44 years Bromyard
4 February 2022 2pm Town Hall, Hereford Brandon Mark Mortlock 16 years Hereford
7 February 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Florence Betty Drury 89 years Hereford
7 February 2022 11am Town Hall, Hereford Richard Hargreaves De Meester 55 years County Hospital, Hereford
9 February 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Norman Charles Farr 80 years St Michael's Hospice, Bartestree
14 February 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Leonard Godfrey Moss 89 years County Hospital, Hereford
14 February 2022 11am Town Hall, Hereford Paul James Callaghan 85 years St Michael's Hospice, Bartestree
16 February 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Marc Andrew Lerigo 47 years Hereford
9 March 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Alan William Grahame 67 years Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
1 December 2021 Robert William Evans 28 November 2021
2 December 2021 Margaret Fletcher 2 December 2021
2 December 2021 Paul Martin Hudson 2 December 2021
3 December 2021 David Owen 1 December 2021
3 December 2021 David Edgar James 3 December 2021
6 December 2021 Gwyneth Ellsmore 26 November 2021
6 December 2021 Georgina Tyler 2 December 2021
6 December 2021 Barbara Welburn Parry 5 December 2021
6 December 2021 Victor Richard Bradbury 3 December 2021
6 December 2021 Gary Anthony Johnson 4 December 2021
6 December 2021 Christopher Andrew Smith 6 December 2021
8 December 2021 Deborah Luxton 2 December 2021
8 December 2021 Wallace Phillips 3 December 2021
8 December 2021 Alan Robertson 7 December 2021
9 December 2021 Philip Skyrme 6 December 2021
9 December 2021 Margaret Jordan 4 December 2021
10 December 2021 Barbara Fletcher 5 December 2021
13 December 2021 Gerald David Jones 4 December 2021
13 December 2021 Vilna Crook 6 December 2021
14 December 2021 David Charles Smith 13 December 2021
14 December 2021 Derek Arthur Whittington 12 December 2021
15 December 2021 Derek Wilson 11 December 2021
16 December 2021 Barbara Sheridan 10 December 2021
16 December 2021 Kenneth Davies 11 December 2021
20 December 2021 Roy Warburton 17 December 2021
20 December 2021 Mariegold Ward 18 December 2021
20 December 2021 Eileen Thomas 20 December 2021
21 December 2021 Anthony Graham Ruck 21 December 2021
22 December 2021 Colin Michael Chandler 17 December 2021
22 December 2021 Ellen Charles 20 December 2021
22 December 2021 Stanley Hickinbotham 15 December 2021
23 December 2021 Faith Clark 22 December 2021
24 December 2021 Sylvia Roger 23 December 2021
27 December 2021 John Leatherland 27 December 2021
28 December 2021 Sara Brookes 19 December 2021
29 December 2021 Susan Morris 15 December 2021
30 December 2021 David Williams 25 December 2021
30 December 2021 Peter Beaumont 27 December 2021
30 December 2021 Neil Malcolmson 29 December 2021
30 December 2021 Marie Clutterbuck 23 December 2021
30 December 2021 Peter Charles Keith Bladon 30 December 2021
31 December 2021 Glenn Steven Walters 27 December 2021
31 December 2021 Roger Parckar 30 December 2021
4 January 2022 Jennifer Haines 3 January 2022
5 January 2022 Christina Mulloy 4 January 2022
5 January 2022 Patricia Maund 4 January 2022
6 January 2022 Gertrude Davies 5 January 2022
6 January 2022 Mark Lloyd Nuttall 6 January 2022
10 January 2022 Gerald Hayward 6 January 2022
10 January 2022 Marcia Foster-Austin 10 January 2022
10 January 2022 Alan William Powell 7 January 2022
10 January 2022 Isobel Evans 10 January 2022
12 January 2022 Enid Lee 7 January 2022
12 January 2022 Gordon Ernest Pearce 7 January 2022
12 January 2022 Richard Kelly 8 January 2022
12 January 2022 Christopher Wardman Bradbury 12 January 2022
13 January 2022 Josephine Spencer 8 January 2022
13 January 2022 John Murphy 10 January 2022
13 January 2022 George Bissell 8 January 2022
13 January 2022 Robert Bellingham 11 January 2022
17 January 2022 Rowland Crompton 13 January 2022
17 January 2022 Ivor Hill 16 January 2022
18 January 2022 Mary Gillespie 16 January 2022
18 January 2022 Dennis Robert Peppitt 13 January 2022
18 January 2022 Nawal Al Zein 17 January 2022
19 January 2022 Graham Harris 13 January 2022
19 January 2022 Margaret McKenzie 18 January 2022
19 January 2022 Gertrude Franklin 18 January 2022
20 January 2022 Irene Moss 14 January 2022
20 January 2022 Trevor Hobby 17 January 2022
20 January 2022 Adrian Mansell 18 January 2022
21 January 2022 Brian Hodges 18 January 2022
21 January 2022 Marjorie Probert 18 January 2022
21 January 2022 George Clewer 17 January 2022
21 January 2022 Jessie Jackson 15 January 2022
21 January 2022 Annette Mary Jones 19 January 2022
24 January 2022 Francis Milligan 15 January 2022
25 January 2022 Mary Stubbins 22 January 2022
25 January 2022 Michael Cox 24 January 2022
25 January 2022 Christopher John Russell Perkins 22 January 2022
27 January 2022 Stuart Simpkins 19 January 2022
27 January 2022 Anthony Harold Pugh 16 January 2022

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Jeremy Allen Daw 1 December 2021 Narrative
John George Neave 6 December 2021 Open
Arthur Benjamin Bigglestone 6 December 2021 Natural causes
Nathan John Greenhouse 10 December 2021 Drug related death
Mark Edward Lunt 10 December 2021 Drug related death
Doris Ruth Law 10 December 2021 Natural causes
Ronald James Bater 13 December 2021 Narrative
Cynthia Mildred Brain 13 December 2021 Accidental death
Mark Francis Keegan 15 December 2021 Narrative
Robert Edward Ryder 15 December 2021 Accidental death
Margaret Dawkins 15 December 2021 Natural causes
Ralph Whitwell 10 January 2022 Narrative
Pamela Beryl Potter 10 January 2022 Accidental death
Peter Barrett 12 January 2022 Natural causes
Edith Patricia Morris 24 January 2022 Accidental death
John Neville Greaves 26 January 2022 Narrative
Trevor Raymond James Bickers 26 January 2022 Natural causes

Treasure inquests

The Coroner is also responsible for inquests in connection with Treasure. Set out below are those Treasure inquests currently being considered.

Description of find Hearing date Time