Category: History of Lawn Tennis

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 just…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A Birmingham Gem

Article from the Birmingham Post of 9th October 1962, the 100th anniversary of Harry Gem’s run from Birmingham to Warwick.

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Harry Gem Grave Restoration Appeal

We’ve raised just in excess of £5,500 so far and need another £2,000 – 2,500 in order to commission the work. On top of that we hope to raise £1,000 – 1,500 to hold in trust to cover future maintenance…

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Ready to play!

The racquets kindly donated by Grays are now ready for the upcoming season of demo days, etc. We send our thanks too for the good offices of Norman Hyde, at the Leamington Tennis Court Club, in organising the stringing by…

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Harry Gem Grave Restoration Appeal – £5,500 raised so far

The appeal for funds to restore Harry Gem’s grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has begun. Just over £7,000 is needed to rebuild the grave architecture and we aim to raise an extra £2,000…

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