Death reported in Wimbledon Herald of 23rd February 1889
DEATH OF A WELL-KNOWN INHABITANT.
—Quite a large number of persons assembled in the Mitcham Churchyard, on Thursday, to witness the funeral of Mr. James Welch. The deceased had been a clerk in the employ of the Mitcham and Wimbledon Gas Company for many years, and was highly respected and esteemed. Deceased was also a very clever musician, and had acted as organist at the Zion Congregational Church. His was also a familiar figure at most of the local concerts. The coffin was carried from the house, Floral Cottages, to the churchyard by relays of men from the Gas Works, and was preceded by the Mitcham Brass Band, who played the Dead March in ” Saul.” The mourners consisted of the brother, brothers-in-law, uncles, and cousins of the deceased, and among those who followed were Mr. Green, the manager of the Gas, Works, and the Collector, Mr. Barter. The service was taken by the Vicar, the Rev. D. F. Wilson, and the coffin, covered with beautiful wreaths, one of which was from the employees of the Gas Company, was lowered amid many manifestations of regret. The deceased leaves a wife and three children. His death, which took place on the Thursday previous, was due to consumption.