Alfred "Squint" Milner - A Curious Career Sheffield 1887

" Don't trouble me about this world. I have done with it altogether and am preparing for a brighter and better state"

In Sheffield's Burngreave Cemtery there is a grave  - Grave Number 2, Section Q3 - that contains the following 11 people

BENN, Arthur William (Son of Christiana Benn, age 4).
Died at 2 Garden Street; Buried on December 22, 1872 in General ground; Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Remarks: Reopened 1387.
BENN, Ellen (Widow, age 83).
Died at Watery Lane; Buried on June 9, 1864 in General ground; Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Remarks: Reopened.
BENN, Phoebe Ann (Dau of Thos. Benn, age 5 months). Died at 77 Garden Street; Buried on August 16, 1865 in General ground;
Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Remarks: Reopened 1387.
BENN, Thomas Henry (Son of Thomas Henry Benn, age 5). Died at Solly St; Buried on April 7, 1863 in General ground;
Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
BENN, Thomas Henry (Table Knife Hafter, age 34).
Died at 2 Garden Street; Buried on November 5, 1871 in General ground; Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Remarks: Reopened 1387.
MILNER, Alfred (publican, age 63).
Died at 61 Green Lane; Buried on December 9, 1887 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.Remarks: 6700.
MILNER, Alfred Owen (Clerk, age 64).
Died at 48 Hunsley Street; Buried on December 9, 1933 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Remarks: Officiating Minister, E Lloyd Rees: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
MILNER, Julia (Widow, age 43).
Died at 61 Green Lane; Buried on June 5, 1888 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: 6700/42445.
MILNER, Julia (Spinster, age 19).
Died at 11 Nursery Street; Buried on March 25, 1895 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Remarks: 6700.
MILNER, Julia (dau of A O Milner, age 4).
Died at 324 Earsham St; Buried on January 8, 1900 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, Chas F Knight.
MILNER, Mary E (Widow, age 76).
Died at 36 Oakwood Rd; Buried on September 27, 1945 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 2, Section Q3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Remarks: Officiating Minister: G Kirk: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

One of them Alfred Milner whose was buried on 9th December 1887 was well known in Sheffield as this letter to the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent from his brother intimates. It appears in their edition dated 8th December 1887


Notes

1. 'Squints Theatre' was a former name for the Grand Theatre at West Bar.Opened as the West Bar Hall, then becoming known as the Bijou. It became the 'Squints' when it was owned by Mr Alfred Milner who had a very bad squint, hence the name.

The Grand Theatre also known as the Bijou & New Star, closed 1920 building, demolished 1938 for road widening. I believe that after it closed in 1920 it was a Trade Show Centre 1922 - 1924 and then a homeless shelter cum soup kitchen 

See: The Memory of Sheffield's Cinemas, R. Ward Ref: 725. 82 SQ Sheffield Public Houses , Michael Liversidge Ref. 728.5 SQ

2. The letter refers to a Jim Mace who was in fact Jem Mace. Jem Mace was the last bare-knuckle heavyweight champion of the world and is regarded by many as the "Father of Modern Boxing"
 

Sources

Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated 8th December 1887

The Sheffield Indexers

Jem Mace

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