CFHS code : AG330, AG331, AG332, AG332a

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : also daughter ELIZABETH HELENA CARMICHAEL d 12.12.1987 aged 101 and In Memory of her husband GILBERT CARMICHAEL died in action on the Somme 21st March 1918 aged 35

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203165, 0.13647358 – click here for location

Carmichael, monuments 2 and 3
Carmichael, monuments 2 and 3


The order in which the CFHS records these four monuments suggests that they form a related cluster, the inscription of the second apparently leading on from that of the first, and likewise for the fourth and third. However, this arrangement is open to question, especially since none of the surnames correspond.

The first (330) is a set of kerb stones (not found), the second (331) a groundstone in slate or grey marble, currently standing upright; the third (332) is a groundstone in white marble, currently loose and beside the second; the fourth (332a) is a groundstone (not found).


Monument 1

‘In loving memory of Elleanor Mary Humm
died March 16 1945’
‘Also of Harry Humm died Dec 2nd 1957 aged 83 years’

Monument 2

‘Also Kathleen Mildred Watling daughter
laid to rest 22nd Feb. 1968 aged 70 years’

Monument 3

‘In loving memory of Helena Bradley
died 13th March 1963 aged 86 years’

Monument 4

‘Also daughter Elizabeth Helena Carmichael
died 12th Dec 1987 aged 101’

‘And in memory of her husband Gilbert Carmichael
died in action on the Somme 21st March 1918 aged 35 years’

Gilbert Carmichael (1883–1918) – WW1 Soldier – see also Life Story page

Gilbert was born on 15 November 1883 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He was one of at least five children born to Gilbert Carmichael and Margaret Carmichael (née McMillan). His father and his mother’s father were both lead miners. Gilbert was educated at Penpont Public School, Dumfriesshire between 1888 and 1897 and Wallace Hall Academy, Dumfriesshire between 1897 and 1901. He matriculated at Edinburgh University on 1 October 1902. He obtained his ordinary degree of MA in 1906 having passed Latin, Logic, Natural Philosophy, English, British History, Education and Geology.He also distinguished himself in athletics and gained a “blue” in football. Gilbert married Elizabeth Helena Ablitt in 1914 in Cambridge. They had a daughter: Mary K. (1916–).

Gilbert was a school master. He taught at March Grammar School, Cambridgeshire, Ashville College, Harrogate, Yorkshire (1908 – 1912), and King Edward’s School, Stafford. Finally, on 8 May 1914 he was appointed the History and Latin master at Keighley Grammar School, Yorkshire where he was initially paid £160 per annum rising to £180 per annum by 1916. He took over the position from his elder brother, Andrew McMillan Carmichael. Between 1914 and 1915 he also taught English classes at Keighley Technical Institute. He was credited with the success of the football team whilst at Ashville College. He was called up in 1916 and, like many well-educated men, was quickly commissioned.

John Ablitt (1857–1917)

John was born in 1857 in Sudbury, Suffolk. He was one of at least six children born to Frederick Ablitt and Martha Ablitt (née Ford). His father was a railway guard for Great Eastern Railway and he brought up his family at 13 Chequer Lane, Sudbury. John’s mother was a house servant before her marriage to John’s father. John married Selina Ann Parmenter in 1884 in Sudbury. They had four children including Elizabeth Helena Ablitt and Kathleen Mildred Ablitt. John was the Great Eastern Railway Station Master firstly at Great Shelford, then at Wisbech, and finally at March, all in Cambridgeshire. John died on 4 February 1917. His last known address was 124 Mill Road, Cambridge.

Selina Ann Ablitt (née Parmenter) (1860–1942)

Selina was born in 1860 in Great Cornard, Suffolk. She was one of at least ten children born to Robert Parmenter and Ann Parmenter (née Cant). Her father was a brewer and farmer living at the Queen’s Arms, Broom Street, Great Cornard and later at The Wrongs Farm, Great Cornard. Selina married John Ablitt in 1884 in Sudbury, Suffolk. They had four children including Elizabeth Helena Ablitt and Kathleen Mildred Ablitt. Selina died on 15 February 1942 in Sudbury.

Elizabeth Helena Carmichael (née Ablitt) (1885–1987)

Elizabeth was born in 1885 in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire. She was the eldest of the four children of John Ablitt and Selina An Ablitt (née Parmenter) and the sister of Kathleen Mildred Watling (née Ablitt). Elizabeth became a milliner. She married Gilbert Carmichael in 1914 in Cambridge. Elizabeth and Gilbert had a daughter: Mary K. (1916–) before Gilbert’s death during the War in 1918. Elizabeth died on 12 December 1987.

Kathleen Mildred Watling (née Ablitt) (1898–1968)

Kathleen was born in 1898 in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. She was the youngest of four children born to John Ablitt and Selina Ann Ablitt (née Parmenter) and the sister of Elizabeth Helena Carmichael (née Ablitt). Kathleen married Charles Thomas Watling in 1920 in Cambridge. They had a daughter: Joan Kathleen (1922–). At the time of Joan’s baptism in 1923 the family were living at 6 Lensfield Road, Cambridge. Charles was working as a publican. Kathleen died on 22 February 1968 in Cambridge.

War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
Census returns for Scotland: 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
The Keighlian, November 1918

Communications from Selina Mary Bond, granddaughter of Gilbert Carmichael. Information kindly provided by the following institutions: Neale-Wade Academy, March; University of Edinburgh; Ashville College, Harrogate; and Oakbank School, Keighley.

By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

Helena Bradley; Elizabeth Helena Carmichael; Gilbert Carmichael; Elleanor Mary Humm; Harry Humm; Kathleen Mildred Watling