John Millman was a solo cornet player with 22nd Cheshire Regiment before becoming Bandmaster of Salford Police Band.
John was born in India in 1853, where his father was Colour Sergeant of 22nd Cheshire Regiment and drill instructor to the Devonshire Volunteers. He followed his father's footsteps and joined the 22nd Cheshire Regiment as a bandsman and became its principal cornet player. During his years in India he became Sergeant Bandsman then Deputy Bandmaster.
John came to Salford in 1879 as Bandsman Sergeant in Salford Police Band and 9 years later he was appointed Bandmaster, a position he held for 13 years until his death in 1900. For the last three years of his life he lived at Weaste Police Station. In his last three months he suffered a painful illness and died on Thursday 2nd August, aged 47. He left a widow, Elizabeth, son John and daughter.
The Funeral was held on Monday afternoon, 6th August and attended by a large number of friends, Chief Inspector Wood, Inspectors Blackford, Barlow, Jackson and Slater, 8 Sergeants and 60 Constables. The Police Band attended under the direction of Deputy Bandmaster Sergeant Ireland and played "The Dead March in Saul" en route from Weaste Police Station to the Cemetery and around the grave. The hymn "When our heads are bowed in woe" was sung and the service was read by Rev. W.L.Hugill, Curate of St. Luke's Church, Weaste. The blinds of many houses and shops in the village of Weaste were drawn.