OBITUARY: William Albert Gilliland, 1880-1953

43 Years’ Service On Railway
Collapsed At Football Match

Mr William Albert Gilliland, 73, of 13 Thanet Gardens, Folkestone, died in the Royal Victoria Hospital on Saturday after he had collapsed whilst watching a football match on the Cheriton Road ground.  He had been in failing health for some years. Although he lived alone Mr Gilliland received frequent visits from his niece, Mrs F Richards who resided nearby. Mrs Gilliland died two years ago.

Born in Fermoy, Co Cork, Eire, he came to Folkestone at the age of 19 and worked as a shunter on Folkestone Harbour.  After 43 years’ service he retired in 1941 because of his health.

For several years during his service, Mr Gilliland was Secretary of Folkestone Branch of the National Union of Railwaymen.  He was also a very keen gardener, growing some excellent produce.  In his younger days, Mr Gilliland was a keen and expert gymnast.  He leaves one daughter, living in London and two sons in South Africa.
The cremation will take place in Charing today.

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