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James Ferguson Lamb, Death 29th May 1898, Penang

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (Weekly), 9 June 1898, Page 1

On the 29th inst., at the General Hospital, Penang, James Ferguson Lamb, eldest son of James Lamb, of Prye Estate, Province Wellesley, aged 29.


The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (Weekly), 9 June 1898, Page 5

Many of his friends in Singapore will regret to see the announcement of the death of Mr. J. F. Lamb, of Penang, which took place last Sunday at the General Hospital, Penang, from fever. The Pinang Gazette has this obituary notice:-

Mr. J. F. Lamb was born in Penang on the 4th of July, 1868. His father, Mr. J. Lamb, for some time attorney to the late Sir E. Horsman, had charge of the large Sugar Estates now belonging to the Penang Sugar Estate Company, and subsequently opened the Prye Sugar Estate, where he was eventually succeeded by Mr. E. A. Blundell Brown, the present manager. For a short period, just before his death, he was a member of the Legislative Council. Mr. J. F. Lamb was educated at Clifton College, where he remained until he had completed his studies in England. He then came out to Penang, and about twelve years ago was engaged as Assistant on the Prye Sugar Estate. While at Clifton College although in neither Cricket nor in Football Eleven, he was tried for each team and succeeded in winning his "house cap" at both games. After his arrival in the Straits, he was always one of the players for Penang in inter-settlement and foreign matches. Tennis, however, was his strong point, and, besides winning the Province Championship on three occasions, he once secured that or the Straits in Singapore.

Upon leaving Prye Estate he entered Government service, became Police Financial Secretary in Penang, and during Mr. Bowen's absence acted as Sheriff and Deputy Registrar of the Supereme Court. He was also Judge's Secretary for a time, but about six months ago he relinquished the service and entered into private business on his own account.

For the last two years he has been filling the post of Secretary to the Turf Club, and in that capacity has put excellent work for sport in Penang, winning for himself at the same time well-deserved popularity. Quite recently, he was appointed Secretary to the Golf Club and to the Penang Hunt Club.

As already stated, Mr. Lamb was a general favourite, and the energy and tact he displayed in all undertakings into which he entered will be very much missed in the Settlement. Public sympathy is generally expressed towards the relatives of the deceased, in their bereavement, and towards the young lady to whom Mr. Lamb was engaged and was shortly about to be married.

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