CFHS code : AS325
Parish : All Saints
Inscription : In Loving Memory of BERKELEY GEORGE CYRIL CHALLICE d 27 Aug 1914 aged 32 also HARRIET CHALLICE d 12 Apr 1922 aged 65 also FREDERICK EATON BERKELEY CHALLICE d 14 Apr 1924 aged 71
Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This stone cross with kerb stones, in the parish area of All Saints, is located on the south of the path just on the bend in the north west corner. The top of the cross is missing, as are some of the letters of the inscription. The monument sustained further damage in 2019.
‘In Loving Memory of BERKELEY GEORGE CYRIL CHALLICE died Aug. 22. 1914 aged 32.
‘Also HARRIET CHALLICE died 12 Apr 1922 aged 65
Also FREDERICK EATON BERKELEY CHALLICE died April 14th 1924 aged 71.’
Frederick Eaton Berkeley Challice (1853 – 14 April 1924)
Frederick was the eldest son of William and Mary Briggs. He wsa born in Cambridge and baptised on 10th April 1853. His father was a book binder and he grew up on Victoria Road (1861) then Histon Road (1871). By 1871 he we working as an upholsterer. He married Harriet Brown in South Stoneham in Hampshire in 1880 when he was 27 years old. They had one son – Berkeley George Cyril.
The family lived initially at 2 All Saints Passage (1881/1891)and Frederick is described as an upholsterer’s clerk. By 1901 they were living at 38 Sidney Street, and Frederick was working as a furniture appraiser. On the 1911 census he is recorded as working as a furniture appraiser for Eaden Lilley, the Cambridge department store. Frederick and Harriet continued to live at 38 Sidney Street until at least 1916, but by 1920 had moved to 37 Jesus Lane. Frederick died at home aged 71 years old.
Harriet Challice (née Brown)(c.1857 – 12 April 1922)
Harriet was born in Gillingham, and aged 4 was living with her widowed mother and three siblings in Gilingham. Her mother was described in the 1861 census as a widow steamstress. She married Frederick Challice when she was about 23 years old and moved to live in Cambridge. They had one son, and she died at 37 Jesus Lane aged 65 years old.
Berkeley George Cyril Challice (1881 – 27 August 1914)
Berkeley (or Bert as he seems to have been known) was the only son of Frederick and Harriet Challice. He grew up on All Saints Passageway and then 38 Sidney Street. In 1901 he was working as a banker’s clerk, by 1911 he was a tabacconist.
Bert died aged 33 years old. The reports of his funeral at Mill Road Cemetery give a glimpse of his life. Wreaths were left from amongst others ‘a few old choristers of St John’s College….the Central Conservative Club….the Rodney Dramatic Club…a few old Unionist friends’ and perhaps most intriguing ‘to my ever dearest from his Molly’.
by Claire Martinsen
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