CFHS code : AL45

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of STANLEY FRANK BENSTEAD d Dec 26th 1902 aged 2 also of HERBERT WILLIAM BENSTEAD killed in action at Passchendaele Ridge France Oct 9th 1917 age 22 also of EMILY ROSA BENSTEAD d May 13th 1938 aged 72 also of WILLIAM FREDERICK BENSTEAD d Jan 14th 1948 aged 84

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.204076, 0.13784906 – click here for location

Benstead grave
Benstead headstone

Monument

This headstone without kerb stones, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, is located at the far north end of the cemetery, close to the Norfolk Street gate and is halfway across from east to west.

Inscription

‘In loving memory of Stanley Frank Benstead
died Dec 26th 1902 aged 2 years’

‘Also of Herbert William Benstead
killed in action at Passchendaele Ridge, France
Oct 9th 1917 age 22 years’

‘Also of Emily Rosa Benstead
died May 13th 1938 aged 72 years’

‘Also of William Frederick Benstead
died Jan 14th 1948 aged 84 years’
“Re-united”

Herbert William Benstead (1895‒1917)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story Page

Herbert was born in 1895 in Cambridge. He was the second of the six children of William Frederick Benstead and Emily Rosa Benstead (née Moore). He was a College servant at Gonville & Caius College, and he is commemorated on that College’s war memorial. Herbert rowed in “The Long” a race in which the servants’ boat raced against the students’ boat. The servants’ boat also included Robert Walter Leeds and it was coxed by Archibald Fairweather, another kitchen porter. All three of them were to die in the War along with three other servants from the College.

William Frederick Benstead (1863–1948)

William was born in 1863 in Cambridge. He was the second of William and Sarah Benstead’s seven children. William senior worked as a groom. William junior grew up with his family at 9 Willow Place, and then 43 Gwydir Street, Petersfield, Cambridge. He was apprenticed to and became a carpenter. In 1889 William junior married Emily Rosa Moore in Cambridge. They had six children including Herbert and Stanley. The family lived at 16 Gladstone Terrace and 40 Gwydir Street and then Fring House, 12 Gwydir Street, Petersfield, Cambridge. William died on 14 January 1948 in Cambridge.

Emily Rosa Benstead (née Moore) (1865–1938)

Emily was born in 1865 in Cambridge. She was the third of William Moore and Emily Hobourn Bowyer’s five children. Her father worked as a boot maker and later in life as a College servant bell ringer. Emily’s mother worked as a milliner and stay maker. Emily grew up with her family at 106 Sturton Street, Cambridge. She worked as a pupil teacher before her marriage to William Benstead. Emily died on 13 May 1938 in Cambridge.

Stanley Frank Benstead (1900–1902)

Stanley was born in 1900 in Cambridge. He was the fifth of the six children of William Frederick Benstead and Emily Rosa Benstead (née Moore). Stanley died on 26 December 1902 when he was just two years old.

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
BMD
England & Wales National Probate Calendar, 1858–1966
Gloucestershire Archives
The Caian

By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

Emily Rosa Benstead; Herbert William Benstead; Stanley Frank Benstead; William Frederick Benstead