CFHS code : MG85

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM JOHN the beloved husband of ROSE MAY CHAMBERS d 28 Oct 1929 aged 49 also wife of above ROSE MAY d 14 Aug 1960 aged 74

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202178, 0.13787504 – click here for location

In 2016 some clearance allowed this grave to be photographed
Chambers monument




In Loving Memory of William John the beloved husband of Rose May Chambers who died Oct. 28 1929 aged 49 years.

Also wife of above Rose May Who died Aug. 14 1960 aged 74 years.

Flower holder

To Mum from her Children

William John Chambers (1880 -28 October 1929)

William was born in  St. Ives, Huntingdon and grew up in Holywell cum Needingworth.  He was the son of Charles and Mary Ann and his father was a butcher.  By the age of 21 William was working as a bricklayers labourer and later worked as a carman (delivery driver) for a contractor (1911) .  He  married Rose Howard in 1905 and they had at least four children: Philip Charles (1906-1985), Gwendoline M (1923-) and two children who died as infants.  The family were living at 5 Queens’s Street in 1911 and William served in the 1st World  War as a private with the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

Rose May Baseley (née Howard) (4 April 1886 – 14 August 1960)

Rose was born in Trumpington and her parents were Philip and Mary (née Wayman) Howard. Philip was a  fruit and fish dealer and they lived at 83 London Road (now called Trumpington Road). Aged 15 Rose was working as a scullerymaid at Homerton College and married Wiliam Chambers when she was 19 years old.

In 1936 she was living at 21 Queen’s Street and married William Charles Baseley (1880-1951) in the Spring of 1939. They lived at 42 Mill Lane and William Baseley worked in a food factory. After she was widowed for a second time Rose lived at 20 Mill Street (at least 1955 onwards) and died at home in August 1960.



by Claire Martinsen

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Rose May Baseley; William John Chambers