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General John Gustavus Halliday

Born: 9th May 1822
Died: 4th February 1917

Intro, Biographical Information, Notes etc:

Chief Men Among the Brethren Biography

GENERAL HALLIDAY belonged to an old Dumfriesshire family. He was the son of Mr. Thomas Halliday, of Ewell, Surrey, and was born on the 9th May, 1822. His grandfather was Dr. Matthew Halliday, physician at the Imperial Court of St. Petersburg during the latter part of the reign of Catherine the Great.

He entered the military service of the Hon. East India Company as a cadet, and joined the 12th Madras Native Infantry at the age of sixteen. He served in various stations in the Madras Presidency until he was appointed to the Mysore Commission for the civil administration of Mysore. He was married in 1845 to his cousin, Miss Lucy Cotton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cotton, of Petrograd, being then a decided Christian. He became acquainted at Cannonore with Samuel Hebich, Christian Missionary, well known to Anthony Norris Groves, then labouring at Chittoor, from whom he derived much spiritual help.

On becoming Lieut.-Colonel he reverted to military duty, commanding his old regiment in various stations in India and Burma, until he was promoted to Regimental Colonel in 1876, when he took up his residence in England, and lived for more than thirty years in Lee. He was promoted to the rank of full General in 1888, and was the Senior General of the Indian Army. He was an accomplished linguist, having a thorough knowledge of French, German, and Hindustani; was well acquainted with Hebrew and Greek in Bible study, and possessed an extensive knowledge of various subjects connected with science, art, and literature, and was also gifted in water colour drawing.

Yet with all this he was an earnest and faithful witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, exhibiting great humility of spirit, and ever ready to company with fellow-believers, regardless of social position, and was for very many years in fellowship with believers meeting at the Gospel Hall, Loampit Vale, Lewisham, by whom he was greatly beloved.

If there was one grace that shone out in his life more than another it was that of humility, and in this he was a faithful follower of Him who "humbled Himself. " On Lord's Day morning, 4th February, 1917, at his residence, Church Terrace, Lee, Kent, and in his 95th year, beloved General John S. Halliday departed to be with Christ.

Tom said ...
Noel (p136) says he died 15th Feb, though probate record says 4th.
Friday, Dec 14, 2018 : 20:30
Tom said ...

Buried at Hither Green Cemetery; Square 13, Plot 601 (think it's a 1), Text above says 'first ???'

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 : 00:08
Theophilus said ...

First reopen. i.e. someone buried previously in plot.

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 : 20:45
Michael Schneider said ...

The Newcastle Daily Journal reported his death on 8 Feb 1917, so Noel's 15 Feb cannot be correct ...

Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 : 05:47
Samuel said ...
While I can't currently put my finger on documentation for this fact, I had learned some time ago that Gen Halliday was in fellowship in the OB assembly meeting in Lewisham, which was at Undercliff Road. I think that a local history of that assembly was written in the 1960's and ought to be in the CBA. That might confirm.
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 : 20:08
samuel said ...
Found it.
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 : 20:11
Tom said ...

It's just the quote from Chief Men .. I have it above already :)

Yet with all this he was an earnest and faithful witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, exhibiting great humility of spirit, and ever ready to company with fellow-believers, regardless of social position, and was for very many years in fellowship with believers meeting at the Gospel Hall, Loampit Vale, Lewisham, by whom he was greatly beloved.

Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 : 21:13
Marty said ...

Feb. 4th, [1917] at Blackheath, General JOHN GUSTAVUS HALLIDAY, aged 94, long connected with the Indian army and for many years known to a very large number of the Lord's people. The General took a keen interest in the work of the mission field, and constantly rendered help at missionary and other conferences. "Echoes of Service" 1917

Gen. John Gustavus Halliday -  9th May 1822 ~ 4th February 1917, age 94.
Wife: Lucy Cotton - 27th June 1823 ~ 9th June 1888, age 64.
  John Robert Halliday - 12th December 1846 ~ 1st March 1865, age 18.
  Lucy Emma Halliday (H. W. H. Cox) - 15th September 1848 ~ 7th March 1933, age 84.
  Mary Halliday (Gen. G. Tyrrell) - 9th January 1850 ~ 4th June 1925, age 75.
  Frances Catherine Halliday (C. H. Scott( - 14th September 1851 ~ 9th January 1889, age 37.
  Thomas William Halliday (M. E. Bellairs) - 22nd November 1852 ~ 25 December 1941, age 89.
  Alice Halliday - 10th March 1857 ~ 6th January 1923, age 66.
  Edward Frederick Malliday - 25th April 1858 ~ 2nd September 1884, age 26.
Father: Thomas Halliday, of Elwell, Surrey - 30th May 1761 ~ 29th May 1840, age 78.
Mother: Maria Margaretta Morrice - 18th June 1783 ~ 18th January 1869, age 85.
  Mary Ann Halliday 14th September 1783 ~  c1844 (half sister)
  Thomas Claxton Halliday 7th July 1785 ~ (half brother)
     Mother: Martha Cloudsdale - 1761 ~ 1805.
  Gen. Sir. Frederick James Halliday, KCB - 25th December 1806 ~ 22nd October 1901, age 94.
    Married Eliza Barbara Macgregor - 2nd August 1811 ~  1886
  Lt. Thomas Andrew Halliday - 23rd February 1808 ~ 30th October 1838, age 30.
  Maria Henrietta Halliday (T. Hughes) - 6th July 1809 ~  26th January 1907, age 97.
  Harriet Elizabeth Halliday (R. B. Garrett) - 1815 ~ 17th October 1914
  Emma Halliday (G. S. Law) - 22nd June 1817 ~ 1890
  Anna Maria Mary Halliday (J. G. C. E. de la Serrie)- 17th April 1825 ~

Monday, May 3, 2021 : 03:38
Anne said ...
Headstone at Hither Green reads as follows:In memory of Lucy, for 43 years the beloved wife of Lieut. Gen. Halliday, who fell asleep June 9th. 1888, aged 65. "Committed to the Lord's keeping till the day when the dead in Christ shall rise first". Also of the above Genl. John Gustavus Halliday, born May 9th. 1822, died at Lee February 4th. 1917. "Heirs together of the grace of life".
Memorial is south of the chapel that's still in use, currently about 6 memorials south of the southern wall, between McCracken double plot and the long low cross-topped stone of Frances Scott. Eastwards it's about in line with the door of the Taylor mausoleum that is just north of the disused chapel, counting 6 rows in from that direction.
Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 : 01:18
Timothy Stunt said ...

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has an article on JGH's much older brother Sir Frederick James Halliday (1806-1901). JGH was the translator of the biography of Samuel Hebich which was written in German by Hermann Gundert and Hermann Mögling. For JGH's son-in-law, Sir Charles Scott (1848-1919), and the Brethren military connection with Lewisham and Woolwich see my 'Brethren and the Armed Services' in The Elusive Quest of the Spiritual Malcontent (pp.233-4).  Timothy Stunt

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 : 02:34
Greg Halliday said ...
He was my great great great grandfather, I visited his grave, found it and cleaned it up while in Kent in 2017. I hope to go back soon.
Sunday, Mar 20, 2022 : 08:52
Anonymous said ...
Greg, the gravestone is covered in vines. I freed up his name and date of birth. Take care
Sunday, Dec 4, 2022 : 20:39

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