The photo is of the Lorimer family grave at Heaton Graveyard. The stone was paid for by the workmates of George Lorimer senior, apparently killed in a mill fire; although I have no way of checking that. The internet is useless and I cannot get access to old newspapers because Bradford Central Library is still shut.

The reason for the photo is that his son, George Edward Lorimer, was buried in the same grave, and was a Bradford sporting hero, His kicking was a big part in Manningham winning the first Northern Union (late known as Rugby Leeague) title in 1896. When he died when he died of TB after a very short illness in 1897 there was a mass demonstration of communal grief. 8000 reportedly lined the route of his cortege.

George Edward’s inscription is the one on the shield to the right.

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