Bournemouth Coroner's Service

A coroner is an independent judicial officer, they are assisted by coroner’s officers and secretarial staff.

The coroner investigates and records the causes and circumstances of all deaths where the cause is unknown, or that was violent or unnatural, or occurred whilst the deceased was in lawful custody.

This information is only about our local coroner, you can find out more about the role of a coroner.

If you are concerned about a death you are entitled to raise these concerns with the Coroner. You can contact the Coroner's Officers at:

Coroner's Office for the County of Dorset
Town Hall

Tel: 01202 454910
Fax 01202 454977

The Coroner's team

The Senior Coroner for Dorset is Mrs Rachael Griffin. The Assistant Coroners are Mr Brendan Allen, Mr Richard Middleton, Mr Stephen Nicholls, Mr Grant Davies, Mrs Victoria Cook and Mrs Deborah Rookes. You can contact them at the Coroner's Court Office.

The Senior Coroner for Dorset covers deaths that occur in the administrative county of Dorset or where the body of a deceased person is found in Dorset, even if they died elsewhere.

The Assistant Coroners act when the Senior Coroner is not available. They have the full powers of the Senior Coroner.

Find out about inquest hearings

You can find all publicly available information here. Please don't contact the Coroner's Court office, staff or police press office as they cannot give you any further information.

Inquests to be opened week commencing 18 February 2019

Location : Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY




Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



 Monday 18 February 2019 

Susan Elizabeth Block 05.02.2019 Dorchester Sturminster Newton 1:30pm 75 Brendan Allen
  Harry Joseph Evans 04.10.2019 Australia Poole 1:30pm 23 Brendan Allen
  Eileen Nancy Hornsby 08.02.2019 Swanage Swanage 1:30pm 88 Brendan Allen
  Henry Clifford Millar 11.02.2019 Christchurch Bournemouth 1:30pm 77 Brendan Allen
  Henry David Vickery 12.02.2019 Bournemouth Gillingham 1:30pm 17 Brendan Allen
  Rodney Alfred Anken 05.02.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 1:30pm 78 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 19 February 2019  

Robert Martyn Miller 

 11.02.2019  Dorchester  Dorchester  1:30pm 70   Brendan Allen

Peter Basil Whitham

27.01.2019 Poole Wareham 1:30pm 87 Brendan Allen

Michael Robert John Benton

14.02.2019 Christchurch Christchurch 1:30pm 77 Brendan Allen

Sam William Russell

22.10.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 1:30pm 25 Brendan Allen

Theresa Jane Wood

12.12.2018 Poole Poole 1:30pm 58 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 20 February 2019  Eileen Horrex 09.02.2019   Poole Christchurch   1:30pm  87 Brendan Allen 
  Patricia Winifred Hanson 16.02.2019 Weymouth Weymouth 1:30pm 94 Brendan Allen
Thursday 21 February 2019               
 Friday 22 February 2019              

Inquests to be held week commencing 18 February 2019

Location : Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth,BH2 6DY




Date of Death

Place of Death

Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



 Monday 18 February 2019

 Muriel Way

23.06.2018  Sherborne   Sherborne   10:00am  91   Brendan Allen

Frank Ruthen

27.07.2018 Ferndown Ferndown 11:30am 87 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 19 February 2019

Beatrice Jone Edwards

08.07.2018 Sherborne Sherborne 10:00am 91 Brendan Allen 
  Philliip Drinkhill 14.07.2018 Bournemouth Weymouth 12:00pm 67 Brendan Allen

 Wednesday  20 February 2019

Hilary Susan George

12.07.2018 Blandford Forum Blandford Forum  10:00am 64 Brendan Allen

Christopher James Andrews

11.07.2018 Poole Poole 12:00pm 34 Brendan Allen 
Thursday 21 February 2019 

Connor Reece Meldrum

09.07.2018 New Milton New Milton 10:00am 20 Brendan Allen 
  Dennis Frank Monelle 24.06.2018 Greece Weymouth 11:30am  71 Brendan Allen 
 Friday 22 February 2019              

Past Cases

If you are researching past cases you have to apply to the coroner in writing first before you can be given the information you're requesting.

Requests for more information 

For more detailed information and/or copies of documents, you need to explain your relationship to the deceased and why you want the information.

Feedback and complaints

Complaints about a coroner's decision or the outcome of an Inquest can only be dealt with through proceedings in the High Court. The coroner's office can explain the procedure, but can't give legal advice.

All complaints about the administration of the Dorset Coroner Service, or the conduct of individual coroners or their officers should first be raised by writing to the senior coroner.

The coroner cannot normally discuss cases which she is or has been involved with, but comments and suggestions on improving the coroner service are always welcome.