CFHS code : AG515

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : kerbs In Loving Memory of our dear ones HENRY JOHN PHILLIPS d Dec 11th 1915 aged 61 also his wife ELIZA PHILLIPS d Feb 25th 1935 aged 76 also WILLIAM BURTON son in law d April 17th 1923 aged 26 slab and In Loving Memory of dear mother SARAH ELIZABETH BURTON d 6th Nov 1973 aged 79

Monument : Kerb stones/Slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


The monument in June 2020.

This double grave set marked with Kerbstones and a central slab is located roughly 12 rows from the centre circle and 7 monument north of the east west path. It is in reasonably good order although the slab is difficult to read because of lichen growth and some of the metal letters on the kerbs are missing.


In Loving Memory of our dear ones

HENRY JOHN PHILLIPS died Dec 11th 1915 aged 61

Also his wife ELIZA PHILLIPS died Feb 25th 1935 aged 76 years

Also WILLIAM BURTON son in law died April 17th 1923 aged 26 years

And In Loving Memory of dear mother SARAH ELIZABETH BURTON died 6th Nov 1973 aged 79 years

Henry John Phillips (1854 – 11 December 1915)

Henry was the son of Henry and Sarah Phillips.  He grew up on Norfolk Street and his father was a police constable.  He married Eliza Self at St Matthew’s Church on 12 December 1887 and the couple had four children:  James Henry (1889-1945), Emma (1891-1939), Sarah Elizabeth (1894-1973) and Esther Elizabeth (1898-1936).  Henry worked as a platelayer  and later as a smith striker for the Great Eastern Railway, and the couple lived at 81 Catherine Street. He died at home aged 61 years old.

Eliza Ann Phillips (née Self) (1859 – 25 February 1935)

Eliza was born in Basingstoke and baptised there on 3 August 1862. Her parents were Jeremiah and Ann Self  – her father was 76 years old when she was born, and he died in June 1862.  Eliza was sent to live with her sister Emma and was living in Ellisfield just outside Basingstoke aged 12 years old.  Aged 22 years old she was living as a boarder in Heston near Hounslow, and working as a lauderess. She married  Henry Phillips in Cambridge when she was 28 years old and died at Catharine Street aged 77 years old.

William Burton (1896 – 17 April 1923)

William was the son of John Francis and Adelaide Elizabeth (née Pamment) Burton. William was born in West Ham, and in March 1901 was living there with his railway worker father, mother and older brother Ernest Francis (1892-1917).  John Burton committed suicide on 21 August 1901 by drowning himself in the River Lea.  An inquest was held into his death where Adelaide testified that he had been in ill health for the past 18 months after a bout of influenza and pneumonia.  They had bought a house at 105 Frith Road in Leytonstone which he was worried about the mortgage on.  He earned 29s per week basic pay, with an additional 7s per week in overtime payment, and the mortgage payments were £2 2s per month.  He got up early on Sunday and left the house, leaving a letter on the table which read ‘Dear wife and children – May God provide for you and help you out of all trouble. As I am ashamed of myself I have gone to drown myself – Yours truly J.F. Burton’. His body was found in the river three days after his disappearance.  A verdict of ‘suicide from drowning whilst of unsound mind’ was returned.

Adelaide married Albert Sharp (1866 – 1944) in 1903.  Albert also worked on the railway, and the couple lived at 19 Argyle Street and had a further four children together: Lizette (1904-1995), Frank (1906-1981), Arthur Albert (1908-1972) and Phyllis Mary (1911-1995).  In 1911 William was living at Argyle Street and working as a printers warehouse lad. By 1916 he was working as a scientific instrument maker.  He signed up for the 1st World War on 4 May 1916 aged 19 years old, having previously served in the 2/1 Cambridgeshire Regiment (Territorial army).  His elder brother Ernest was killed in action in Belgium on 27 September 1917.

He married Sarah (Lily) Burton on 11 September 1922 at St. Philip’s Church in Cambridge.  Lily wore a ‘dress of ivory crepe de chine and carried a beautiful bouquet of white roses, with trails of asparagus ferns’.  Lizette and Phyllis Sharp were amongst the bridesmaid, and Lily was given away by her brother James Burton.  Around 50 people attended the wedding breakfast in held in the Salisbury Club on Mill Road.  They honeymooned in Lowestoft.  William died in April 1923, seven months after the wedding.  Their son William James (1923-2007) was born in June – two months after his fathers death.

Sarah Elizabeth (Lily) Burton (née Phillips) (3 November 1894 – 6 November 1973)

Lily was the daughter of Henry and Eliza Phillips.  In 1911 aged 16 she was working as a milliner. She married William Burton when she was 27 years old.  In 1939 she was living with her son and brother at 23 Perne Road, and her occupation was noted as a paid house-keeper. Lily died aged 79 years old and was living at Greenways, St Fillans Road in Colchester when she died.




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