CFHS code : MG58
Parish : St Mary the Great
Inscription : IELRO my beloved sweetheart wife BERTHA BRIGGS d April 9th 1934 aged 67 also her husband TOM GILBY BRIGGS d December 24th 1944 aged 76
Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones
Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.20219, 0.13767076 – click here for location
Bertha Hannah Briggs (née Crozier) (1866 – 9 April 1934)
Bertha was the youngest child of Joseph and Mary Ann Crozier (sometimes spelt Crosier). She grew up at 27 Norwich Street where her father was a baker and grocer. Joseph Crosier died in March 1889, and in April 1891 Bertha was living with her mother and siblings at Norwich Street. Mary had taken over running the store and Bertha was working as a dressmaker. She married Tom Briggs later that same year and they had one son: Tom Gordon (1892-1938). Tom was a professional musician and music teacher and they lived at 33 Glisson Road. Bertha died aged 67 years old.
Bertha’s sisters Eliza and Agnes Crozier are also buried at Mill Road Cemetery
Tom Gilby Briggs (10 January 1868 – 24 December 1944)
Tom was the son of Peter and Elizabeth Briggs, and his father worked as a tailor. He was baptised on 1 March 1868 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Cambridge and grew up at 28 Magdalene Street. By 1891 he was working as a violin teacher and later worked as a professional musician and music director. In October 1891 he gave a violin solo at the Old Higher Grade Cricket Club concert at the Guildhall. In January 1893 The Cambridge Independent Press reported Tom playing with the Cambridge Tomahawk Minstrels at the Corn Exchange, St. Ives. The newspaper remarked that there was a ‘very large attendance, the hall being quite filled’ and that the ‘most noticeable feature’ of the second half of the programme was the ‘violin solo by Mr Tom Briggs. This was a skilful performance and the audience was delighted. In response to loud encores, Mr. Briggs kindly gave another performance’.
In March 1901 Tom prosecuted Christopher Porter (aged 14) and Percy Bavey (aged 13) for damaging a Doulton vase in his garden. The vase had broken in two and was beyond repair. The boys were found guilty and were fined 10s and were lectured as ‘to future conduct’.
Tom died at the Corbett Hospital, Amblecote in Worcestershire, but was living at 29 High Park Avenue in Woollaton, Stourbridge at the time of his death.
by Claire Martinsen
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