John Bellingham was a constable in Salford Police Force at the time of Chief Constable William Lance Marshall. The Salford Weeekly Chronicle recorded his death as follows.
On Monday (10th December 1883) were interred the remains of John Bellingham who had discharged the duties of Constable in the Salford Borough Police Force for over 22 years. The deceased, who was 49 years of age, had been suffering from pneumonia for a short period and died on Tuesday 4th instant. For several years he had been engaged on the Headquarters staff and was in possession of a merit badge. He shared the respect of all his comrades and his death is deeply regretted.
About 3 o'clock on Monday afternoon, those members of the Force who were then 'off duty' joined the cortege at the late residence of the deceased in Ford Street, near the Town Hall, and proceeded in procession to the cemetery via Chapel Street, Crescent, Cross Lane and Eccles New Road, headed by the Police Band, which played the Dead March. The funeral was attended by the Chief Constable (Mr W.L. Marshall), Chief Superintendant Lythgoe, 4 Inspectors, 10 Sergeants and 116 Constables. The deceased was Roman Catholic and was interred according to the rites of that church. As a mark of respect a beautiful wreath was puchased by the Headquarters staff and placed on the coffin.