Horace George William Man was born on 12 July 1856 in Glasgow, Scotland, and he was baptized on 20 August 1859 at All Souls, Langham Place, St. Marylebone, Middlesex. He was the youngest child of William Lionel and Rosa (Cooper) Man. He died on 27 July 1871 at Halstead, Kent and was buried on 31 July at St. Margaret’s, Halstead. He appears on the 1871 census with his grandmother and aunts at Halstead Hall.
Family lore has it that he was killed by a blow to the head from a cricket ball. However notes on his life made by his father (see below) make no mention of such an accident. On the other hand, his aunt, Ann Man, wrote a note that says: ‘Horace was born July 21 [sic] 1856 at 46 Oxford Street, Glasgow, he came to Halstead and went to school at Maidstone thence to the grammar school at Basingstoke and then to Tonbridge Wells in 1868. He died (result of a cricket accident) in 1871.’
Basingstoke, Hants Octbr 11th 1867 -afterwards to the RevdT. Allfree’s Rose Hill, Tunbridge Wells -in 1868 -In 1869 taken very ill at school, quite unable to Walk, 2 of his schoolfellows carried him immediately to Mrs Allfree who sent for Dr Trustram, who pronounced his right leg quite helpless -Horace remained at school a few weeks, and was treated /unremitting attention -his Grandmama felt the necessity of taking apartments for him that he might have the advantage of Dr Trustram’s opinion as Mr Richards does not undertake Surgical cases He remained there 5 weeks and under Trustram’s care who brought him to Halstead he remained 1 year and a half – May 8th 1871 – he was sent to Guy’s Hospital, where he had the first advice, there he remained 5 weeks /4 having gone thro’ an operation under chloroform -came home June 20th 1871, making daily progress as to Strength appetite and sleep -apparently getting much better-when diarrhoea set in July 22d, the day after his birthday he had the Nurse from the Hospital who knew so well how to manage On the 27th he ceased to breathe about 10 minutes after 4 -A.M and Now let us Hope he has joined the Church above, and his eyes see that inaccessible brightness which tabernacles the Presence of G o d–Amen