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Gill, Robert
1858 – 10 April 1927

Robert Gill was the son of William Gill. William was born 1834 in Leeds. He married Ellen Bleasden 22 May 1852 at St Peter’s Leeds.

Robert, the third of six children, was born 1858 in Leeds. In 1861 the family were living in Leeds with William working as a watchman. By 1871 they had moved to 8 Mary Street in Saltaire with William still a watchman and Robert working as a spinner. William died in 1877. By 1881 widowed Ellen and Robert, now a wool comber, were living at 43 Helen Street in Saltaire. Ellen died in 1916.

Robert married Lucy Ann Hey 6 August 1892 at Saltaire Congregational Church. They had one daughter, Ada, born 1897 in Saltaire.  By 1895 they were living at 28 Titus Street in Saltaire. Remaining in Saltaire from 1904 they lived at 19 Whitlam Street before moving to 16 Herbert Street around 1914.
Robert died 10 April 1927.

Report from Shipley Times 22 April 1927 as follows: -

The funeral of Mr. Robert Gill, 16 Herbert Street, Saltaire, took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Thursday last week. Mr. Gill, who was in his 70th year, was Saltaire Cricket Club’s veteran scorer. Before the interment a service was held at Saltaire Congregational Church, conducted by the Pastor (Rev. J. Alexander Booth), who also officiated at the graveside. The choir, which Mr. Gill had been a member of for 52 years, was in attendance, and Mr. W. Sutcliffe was at the organ.
The bearers (members Congregational Church choir) were Mr. Reg. Illingworth, Mr. C. Holgate, Mr. F. Dracup, and Mr. F. Moss.
The chief mourners were Mrs. Gill (widow). Mr. and Mrs. Thornton (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Ben Gill (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gill (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs, Arthur Gill (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. Firth (sister), Miss Evelyn Gill (niece), Mr. and Mrs. Dibb (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Hey (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. Walker, and Mrs. Thornton.
Saltaire Cricket Club was represented by Mr. Fred White, Mr, J. A. Farndale, Mr. J. C. Lee, Mr. N. Bailey (secretary), and Mr. F. Guerin (treasurer).
Mr. S. Law represented the combing department of Salt's (Saltaire) Ltd., where Mr. Gill had been employed for 54 years. Mr. Stephenson, of Saltaire, carried out the funeral arrangements.

In his will he left £147 11s 6d (worth c£8,500 in 2015) to his daughter, Ada Thornton (she had married George Thornton in 1922) and to his brother in law, John William Hey.

For over forty years Robert was the scorer for Saltaire Cricket Club and a member of Saltaire Congregational Church Choir.

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