CFHS code : HT276a

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN HENRY GILLAMS d May 6 1888 aged 29

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



John Henry Gillams (1858 – 6 May 1888)

John was born in Stevenage, and baptised there on 1 August 1858. He was the son of gardener William and Mary (née Clark). By 1881 he was working for grocer George Apthorpe at 1 Market Street.  John was  on the committee of the Church of England Young Men’s Society and was a sunday school teacher at St Luke’s Church and then at Holy Trinity Church.  He was also part of the Holy Trinity choir and was later appointed managing foreman of George Apthorpe’s business.

John was hit on the head by a cricket ball in 1887 and was said to have ‘suffered more or less since that time from the effects of the blow’.  On 3 March 1888 he was ‘obliged to take to his bed and although at times he seemed to show signs of recovering’ he died aged 29 years old.  He was nursed at the home of the Apthorpes –  Wallis Villa, Station Road and George Apthorpe was said to have done ‘everything he could to lighten his suffering’.  John was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 10 May and a large number of people were said to have attended the funeral.



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