Davy Cram: My eldest brother Tommy told me that the local fruiterer, George Edmunds (b.1828, Ireland), was a survivor of the Indian Mutiny - India rebellion against rule of the British East India Company, 1857-58. When I was a young lad (about 7) I used to go into George Edmunds’ fruit shop on Cuthbert Street, to pay my Mam's bill. George, who had lost some digits due to army service, would say in his Irish accent 'you're a good lad - I'll give you a handful of nuts for coming in to pay your mother's bill'. George would then proceed to put his hand (which only had probably one finger and thumb) into a jar of Monkey Nuts, and scoop out most times only one nut; then he'd smile and say “there's a handful of Nuts for you”. This was George's bit of fun. Sadly, George died in 1929, aged 101, and, is buried in an unmarked grave in Hebburn Cemetery.
Funeral of Last Survivor of Indian Mutiny 1929:
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