Gerald James Glover, Sapper 286189, 22nd Works Coy. Royal Engineers
Died of pneumonia 24th November 1918 in France, aged 27
Gerald James Glover was born in Northwich and baptised on 4 October 1891 at Holy Trinity Church, Northwich, the son of Catherine (nee Gleave) and Charles John Glover, a painter of 12 Wellington St, Northwich.
In 1901, nine-year-old Gerald was living at 10 Bollinside, Butley, near Prestbury, Cheshire with his parents and sister Mary (7). Gerald’s father died in 1910 and the following year Gerald was working as a decorator and living at New Road, Butley with his widowed mother, sister Mary and brother Charles (9).
Gerald married Ida Barratt at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield on 13 September 1916, and the couple lived at 2a Mellor Street, Cheadle Hulme.
Gerald probably enlisted in May 1917, joining the Royal Engineers. It is not known exactly when he became ill with pneumonia but he died at the Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, France on 24 November 1918.
The death of Sapper Gerald Glover was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 14 December 1918:
SAPPER G J GLOVER – Mrs Ida Glover, who is at present staying with her parents at 37 Beech Lane, has received the sad news that her husband, Sapper Gerald J Glover, had died in France from pneumonia. At the time of joining up he carried on the business of painter, decorator, etc at Cheadle Hulme, and prior to that, since the death of his father some years ago, carried on a similar business at Prestbury for his mother. Sapper Glover was well known and highly respected among a large circle of friends and acquaintances throughout east and north Cheshire. In a letter to the widow, his section officer says: “I always found him most gentlemanly in behaviour and conscientious in his work; his loss is keenly felt throughout the whole company and by myself, personally.” It is noteworthy that his only sister was buried at Prestbury at the same time that he lay dying in the Australian General Hospital at Abbeville, France.
Sapper Gerald Glover is buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, in Grave Ref. V. E. 4. His widow asked for the inscription “UNTIL THE DAY DAWN” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Sapper Gerald Glover, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Sapper Gerald Glover is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on the Prestbury St Peter’s Church and Cheadle Hulme war memorials. He is also remembered on a family gravestone at St Peter’s Church, Prestbury (plot J.2566a).
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages, Deaths
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: Holy Trinity Church, Northwich
Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 (FamilySearch): St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
WWI Absent Voters Lists (FindMyPast): Knutsford Parliamentary Division
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Courier: 14 December 1918