A death deeply deplored
On May 17, 1841 the 83rd Regiment and citizens of London buried Wenman Wynniatt, who many years later would be known as the Eldon House Ghost.
This is an excerpt from the London Gazette newspaper, May 19th, 1841:
Lieutenant Wynniatt’s funeral took place on Monday, the 17th inst. at 3 o’clock. With all military honors; the funeral service being accompanied by a most feeling and appropriate discourse from the Rev. Mr. Cronyn, Chaplain to the garrison. Lieutenant Wynniatt was buried in the churchyard of this town at 4 o’clock P.M. The funeral procession, to the grave in the Episcopalian burying ground, comprised the 83rd Reg’t with the Bands of the 1st Royal and 83rd Regiments, the Officers of both those corps, of the Royal Artillery, and Commissariat Department, &c. and a large assemblage of the gentry and respectable inhabitants of London. A large concourse of spectators assembled to witness the imposing scene. The storekeepers closing their stores as a mark of respect to the deceased.
Lieut. Wynniatt was in the 26th year of his age, and was equally beloved and respected in his Regiment, as well as by all who knew his sterling worth, and many engaging and estimable qualities…His melancholy end will long be deeply deplored.