GILLHAM George Edward

Category: Military
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Regiment or Ship: HMS Irresistable
Occupation: Seaman
Date of Birth: 1879
Place of Birth: Eastbourne, Sussex
Date of Death: 1944
Place of Death: Gosport, HampshireAddress: 86 Windsor Road, Bexhill

Photos and newspaper articles

Family Information

Parents:          George Ernest Gillham (1856-1939) and Emily Mary Gillham – nee Russell -(1858-1944). George was born in Robertsbridge, and was a general labourer, and Emily was born in Rye and was a maternity nurse.


Fanny Flora Gillham (married name Carly), b. 1881 in Eastbourne.

Ernest Edward Gillham, b. 1883 in Eastbourne. W0280 GILLHAM Ernest Edward

Emily M. Gillham, b. 1885 in Bexhill.

Spouse: George married Kate Fanny Wearn (1880-) in 1904 in Portsmouth.

In 1901 George was an A.S. on board HMS “Juno” with a total of 468 crew aboard.

In 1911 he was a crew member of a dredging vessel in Dover.

First World War Experience

Unfortunately, George’s records have not survived and the only reference we have to his war record is a report in a local newspaper dated 26th December 1914, together with a photograph, saying:-

George Edward Gillham, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Gillham, of 86 Windsor Road is now on board H.M.S. “Irresistible” in the North Sea,”

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