Wow! what a character! - if the newspaper reports of 1877-1883 are anything to go by I'm not surprised that I can't find an announcement of his death. But, as the Northampton Mercury reports that he was "too ill" to appear before the Bedford Assizes in Jan 1883 I should think that the chances were high that you've got the right man, The death of a Robert READ was registered (aged 28) at Bedford in the June qrt of 1883. The full details of his life would make fascinating reading in Buckets & Spades!
Submitted by gricharduk on Tue, 16/06/2020 - 17:43
I agree with Pat - An amazing character! There is (I think) a notice of his death on page 8, column 7, near the bottom of the page under Births, Deaths, Marriages, of the Weston Mercury for Saturday 2 June 1883: "May 20, at the Infirmary, Bedford, after a long and lingering illness, Robert Parker Read, third son of Henry Read, Esq., of Axbridge, aged 27 years." So 25 May 1883 would make sense for a burial at Axbridge.