CFHS code : AG533
Parish : St Andrew the Great
Inscription : In Memory of LOUISA the beloved wife of VICTOR BILTON d Jan 6 1918 age 24 also GEORGE HUTTON d March 4 1911 age 75 also HANNAH his wife d Nov 19 1910 age 70
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This set of kerbstones is in the northern section of the parish of Andrew the Great. Walking from the west path it is 8 rows along the path that runs to the centre circle and 9 monuments to the north. The kerb stones are intact but the inscription is hard to read as it is partially covered in grass.
‘In Memory of LOUISA the beloved wife of VICTOR BILTON died Jan 6 1918 aged 24’
Also GEORGE HUTTON died March 4 1911 age 75 also HANNAH his wife died Nov 19 1910 aged 70
Relationships: Grandparents and granddaughter
Louisa Bilton (née Rolfe) (1893 – 28 November 1917)
Louisa was the daughter of James and Susan (née Hutton) and grew up at 8-10 St.Matthew’s Street where her father was a fishmonger. Aged 17 Louisa was working as a milliner, and married printer Victor Christian Bilton (1892-1986) in early 1915. The couple had one child, lived at 116 Ross Street and Louisa took her own life in November 1917.
Victor was a corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was stationed at Barnwell Hospital. At the inquest which followed her death he said that he had returned home at 5.30pm on 28 November intending to take her to the Playhouse but she said she wanted to stay home and finish a dress she was making so he had gone with his brother instead. When he came home at 9.45pm Louisa was gone, and had left their child alone in their bed. Victor had tried to find her but she did not return. Her body was eventually recovered from the River Cam on 6 January 1918 and the case was covered extensively in local press of the time.
At the inquest Victor said that Louisa was jealous of his friendship with another lady who had said he had known ‘in civilian life’ and had spoken to on two or three occasions. The lady had told Louisa of their friendship and this had caused Louisa to disappear to London in October 1917 where she stayed for a few days before Victor went to fetch her back. He said that Louisa was ‘of rather jealous nature and very highly strung. She would brood one half hour and the next would be just as happy as ever. They lived happily together’. The inquest also heard that Louisa had threatened to take her life on a few previous occasions ‘over that affair’. Louisa’s sister Carrie ran the Hopbine pub with her husband Jack and said that Louisa had been upset about neighbour’s gossip. Her body was found in the River near Clare College in January and a verdict of ‘found drowned’ was returned.
The funeral took place on 9 January 1918. The service was held at St. Matthew’s Church followed by internment at Mill Road Cemetery. The coffin plate was engraved ‘Louisa Bilton, died November 28th 1917, aged 24 years’. The grave monument shows the date her body was retrieved from the River Cam.
Victor married for a second time in 1923 to Ada Elizabeth Hawkes (1894-1976).
George Hutton (1835 – 4 March 1911)
George was the son of brickmaker Thomas Hutton and his wife Eliza. He grew up on Gas Lane and by the age of 15 was working as an errand boy. He married Hannah Wisbey in 1857 and they had at least seven children: Susan (1858-1938), Elizabeth (1860-), Jonathan (1866-), William George (1868-), Harry (1870-1949), Annie Maria (1876-1912) and Emily (1882-1955). George worked as a labourer and the family lived at 31 Gas Lane (1861) and 11 St Matthew’s Court (1871 onwards).
Hannah Hutton (née Wisbey) (1840 – 19 November 1910)
Hannah was born in Ely and baptised at St. Mary’s Church on 28 June 1840. She was the daughter of agricultural labourer John and his wife Susan and married George Hutton when she was 17 years old. She died aged 70 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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