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Gem’s restored grave unveiled

The restored grave of Harry Gem, Victorian lawn tennis pioneer, was unveiled on Wednesday, 26th June 2019, by Ann Jones, who this year celebrates the golden anniversary of her winning the singles title at the Wimbledon Championships in 1969. Guests … Continue reading

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‘Fairlight’ – Royal Leamington Spa

The former home of Augurio Perera, lawn tennis pioneer, in Avenue Road, Royal Leamington Spa. This is located just along the road from the Manor House Hotel where Perera and Harry Gem, together with doctors Haynes and Tomkins, founded the … Continue reading

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Harry on TV

  Harry cropped up in a quiz question on BBC2 TV yesterday (29th Nov). On Eggheads the sports round ended in a tie and went into a decider. The challenger was given the first question. Jeremy Vine, question master: “In … Continue reading

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Harry’s Aunt Helen

    Harry’s father William Gem had twin sisters: Helen Maria and Mary born in 1795. Helen died in January 1873 and Mary in March of the same year. Helen’s grave may be found in Warstone Lane Cemetery, Jewellery Quarter, Birmngham … Continue reading

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Grave restoration – step three

The York stone plinth is now in position. All that remains now is to build the superstructure, once the original ledger stone has been engraved with Ellen Maria’s details and the side panel with the dedication to Gem and Perera … Continue reading

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Grave restoration – step two

Footings in ready for constructuon of the new grave architecure once work is completed in the workshop.

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Grave restoration – step one

On the morning of Tuesday 9th October the team from Midland Conservation lifted the ledger stone and removed it off site. The details of Ellen Maria, Thomas Henry Gem’s wife, are to be engraved on the stone as she is … Continue reading

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Grave restoraton commissioned

At long last, with sufficient monies raised, the restoration work has been commissioned via Midland Conservation Limited. A site meeting was held recently and materials ordered. The ledger stone should be lifted early in October and taken into the workshop … Continue reading

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Appeal has raised £8,000 of the £10,000 target

Our appeal for funds to restore Harry’s grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery, Birmingham has reached £8,000 and we send our grateful thanks to all the organisations and individuals who have given so genereously. We have launched a Crowdfunder campaign to … Continue reading

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Grave Restoration Appeal – Video

We’ll be launching a Crowdfunder Appeal in June to raise the remainder of the money required to commission the work to restore Harry’s grave. In the meantime, here’s an extended version of our video giving some of the background to … Continue reading

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