CFHS code : BO27
Parish : St Botolph
Inscription : Our dear father —— WALTER BURRELL d [——] aged [–] MAUD BURRELL d 3 July _ 1919 also LILIAN MAUD BURRELL d Feb 29 [19–] their two sons HERBERT BURRELL ———– ———— [-30] 1916 PERCY BURRELL ——— –91
Monument : Stone cross (fallen)/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202868, 0.1380106 – click here for location
This stone cross, broken and fallen, with kerbstones, in the parish area of St Botolph (CFHS 27), is located north east of the centre circle, east of the north-bound central path, ten rows eastwards (close to the back of the area).
Our dear father [illegible] Walter Burrell died [?? February 1897] aged 
Maud Burrell died 3 July 1919
Also Lilian Maud Burrell died Feb 29 
Herbert Burrell [illegible] [died] 23 July] 1916
Percy Burrell [illegible]
The Burrell family were for several generations printers associated with the Pitt Press, University of Cambridge. Walter and Maude Eliza were the parents of Lillian Maud, Herbert Walter, and Percival Burrell.
Walter Burrell (c.1850‒97)
Walter Burrell was born in late 1850 or early 1851 in Cambridge, son of Henry Burrell (c.1822‒1904) and Emma Burrell (c.1824‒97). Henry and Emma had at least five sons and three daughters: Ellen (c.1848‒), Alfred (c.1849‒), Walter (c.1850‒97), Arthur (c.1853‒), Edwin (c.1855‒), Mary Ann (c.1857‒), Ernest (c.1864‒), and Kate (c.1868‒). Henry was a ‛printer electrotypist’ (his brother John is given as a ‛printer’ in the 1841 census, so it is likely that his father John had also been a printer in the early 19th century); and by the age of 20 Walter himself was a ‛printer machine minder’ (his elder brother Alfred was a ‛printer compositor’ and younger brother Arthur a ‛printer packer’).
In 1861 and 1871, the address of Henry’s and Emma’s family is given as ‛(University) Pitt Press, Trumpington (or Silver) Street (or Mill Lane), Cambridge’, so it is clear that Henry worked for Cambridge University Press in the centre of Cambridge, at which time the Press had about 300 employees, and likely therefore that his printer sons worked there also.
Walter married Maud (née Mouel) on 17 January 1878 at St Botolph’s Church. Prior to his marriage, he had been living at 12 East Road, Cambridge, and within three years the newly-weds were resident at 26 Gwydir Street (Petersfield), Cambridge, and had two daughters (Lilian Maud and Mabel). By 1891, the family was living at 6 Dean Street, West Ham, Forest Gate, Essex, where four more of their children were born.
The circumstances of Walter’s death are unclear: at his death the Forest Gate address is given; his funeral took place at St Botolph’s Church on 16 February 1897, and the burial register records that it was with a ‛Westminster Coroner’s certificate’. At his death, he had been working at the London and Country Printing Works, Stanhope Street, Drury Lane, London.
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(Note: One of Walter’s sisters, Mary Ann, is buried in the parish area of Holy Trinity : ‘In loving memory of Mary Ann Burrell died March 9th 193 aged 78′.)
Maud Eliza Burrell (née Mouel) (1855‒1919)
Maud Eliza Mouel was born in September 1855 in Cambridge. She married Walter Burrell on 17 January 1878 at St Botolph’s Church, Cambridge. By 1881 the couple was living at 26 Gwydir Street (Petersfield), Cambridge, and had two daughters (Lilian Maud and Mabel). According to the 1911 census report, the couple had been married for 34 years and had nine children in all, of whom eight (Lilian Maud, Mabel, Florence, Alfred, Herbert, Horace, Henry and Percival) survived infancy.
After Walter’s death in 1897, Maud brought her family back to Cambridge, where they lived first in Norfolk Street. By 1911 she and one daughter and three sons (Lilian, Horace, Henry and Percival) ‒ all still unmarried ‒ were living at 67 Maids’ Causeway, Cambridge. Maud, aged 52, was by then a ‛lodging house keeper’ (probably a landlady for university undergraduates ‒ a common resort for widowed ladies). Maud died on 3 July 1919, aged 67, the burial service taking place at St Botolph’s Church and Mill Road Cemetery on 23 July.
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Lilian Maud Burrell (c.1878‒1936)
Lilian was born c.1878 in Cambridge, the first child of Walter and Maud. Her early life was spent at 26 Gwydir Street (Petersfield), Cambridge and 6 Dean Street, Forest Gate, Essex. Lilian returned to Cambridge with her mother after Walter’s death, and was living with her in Norfolk Street in 1901 and at 67 Maids’ Causeway in 1911. Nothing is known of her life after that, except that at her death on 29 February 1936 aged 59, she was living at 4 Clarendon Street (Kite). Her funeral took place at St Botolph’s Church on 3 March of that year, and she was buried with her father, mother and brother in Mill Road Cemetery.
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Herbert Walter Burrell (1887‒1916)
Herbert Walter Burrell was born in Forest Gate, Essex, in the second quarter of 1887, son of Walter and Maud Eliza Burrell. After his father’s death there in 1897, he returned to Cambridge with his mother, living in Norfolk Street, at which time, aged 14, he was a printer apprentice.
On 11 April 1912, Herbert married Jessie Parsley of Cambridge at the church of St Andrew the Less. Thereafter, the couple moved to West Ham, Essex, where their son, Eric Walter, was born in 1913. Herbert enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in c.1915, and on 23 July 1916 was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, and on the Cambridge Guildhall Memorial. The badly eroded inscription on the present grave probably originally gave information as to his death.
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Percival Burrell (1896‒1918)
Percy was born in Forest Gate, Essex on 21 October 1896, son of Walter and Maud Eliza Burrell. After his father’s death a year later, he moved to Cambridge with his mother, living first in Norfolk Street, then at 67 Maids’ Causeway, at which time he was still at school.
At some point he enlisted or was conscripted into the Essex Regiment, No. 7013, later transferring to the South Staffordshire Regiment, No. 42445. He was killed in action in northern France on 23 August 1918. His death is commemorated in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery in the Pas-de-Calais, and on the Cambridge Guildhall Memorial. The badly eroded inscription on the present grave probably originally gave information as to his death.
For more information and a photograph, see also his lifestory.
St Botolph baptismal register
St Botolph marriage register
St Botolph burial register
Census reports 1841-1911
births, death and marriages
By Ian Bent