John William Gill

Mr John William Gill

Mr John William Gill, 24, was born in 1887/8, the son of Richard Gill. In 1912 he lived at 3 Griffin Road, Clevedon and worked as a chauffeur to the Rev. C R Braithwaite, vicar of Hewish St Ann, near Puxton.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Wilton Hodder at St. John the Evangelist, Clevedon, Somerset on 14 February 1912. Barely two months following their marriage Gill was embarking the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 233866, 13). His destination in America is not known but the intention was that he was to set up home for them both.

Gill died in the sinking. His body was subsequently recovered from the sea by the cable-laying vessel MacKay Bennett (#155) on 23 April. He was buried at sea the following day.

NO. 155. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 31. DARK - HAIR.

CLOTHING - Dark clothes; pajamas underneath.

EFFECTS - Pocket comb; pocketbook; gold watch and chain; silver match box; keys; pocket knife; gold ring; $4.60 in silver; 9s. in various coins; $43.00 in notes; collar button.

SECOND CLASS

NAME - JOHN W. GILL,
2 Griffen Road, Cleveden

Following the exchange of letters reproduced below, the effects were returned to Gill's widow.

Gold watch and chain
Silver match box
$43.00 in notes,
$4.60 in United States silver,
65c in United States nickels,
9 shillings in silver,
7 pence in copper
Goldring, initials J.W.G.
Pocket knife
Pocket comb in case
Case containing leads for pencil
Collar stud Pocket book with few miscellaneous papers
Bunch keys
Letter addressed to Mrs J.W. Gill.

Notes
Gill purchased his tickets at Cook & Son in Bristol. They sent him the tickets on 2 April 1912 to Clevedon. That means his last place of abode was wrongly given by White Star as Bristol.

Articles
Somerset Standard, 1912, Article

Certificates
Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage

Documents
Letter from Thomas Cook and Son.
Letter from Richard Gill to the Provincial Secretary, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Letter from Sarah Gill to the Provincial Secretary, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#155)

References
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Coroners Report (Public Archives of Nova Scotia, RG 41, Vols. 75-76)
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)

Contributors
Steve Coombes, UK
Hermann Sldner, Germany

Articles and Stories

John Gill

Somerset Standard  (1912) 

JOHN GILL

 
Letter from Sarah Gill to the Provincial Secretary, Halifax, Nova Scotia

LETTER FROM SARAH GILL TO THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARY, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

 
Letter from Richard Gill to the Provincial Secretary, Halifax, Nova Scotia

(1912) 

LETTER FROM RICHARD GILL TO THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARY, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

 
Letter from Thomas Cook and Son.

LETTER FROM THOMAS COOK AND SON.

 
Marriage Certificate

(1912) 

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

 
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