CFHS code : AG372

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of VALERIE JUNE CHAPMAN d 19 Aug 1942 aged 2 days

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202955, 0.13663913 – click here for location

Chapman headstone May 2017


This small headstone is hidden under a bush. The inscription is now illegible.


‘In Loving Memory of VALERIE JUNE CHAPMAN d 19 Aug 1942 aged 2 days’

Valerie June Chapman (17 August 1942 – 19 August 1942)

Valerie was the daughter of Valentine and Phyllis (née Parks) Chapman.

Valentine (1910-1980) was a Cambridge Botany graduate who subsequently took a Phd on the East Anglian salt marshes. He was Henry Fellow at Harvard University (1935-1936) and lecturer in Botany at the Victoria University of Manchester (1936-1937).  He married Phyllis Claire Parks (1917 -1999 ) in Alcester on 23 June 1938.  They  lived in Cambridge from 1939 to 1946 as Valentine was research fellow at Gonville and Caius College and University demonstrator in botany.  In 1939 the couple were living at 13 Brookside, and in 1945 at 12 Sedley Taylor Road.

Valentine and Phyllis had three sons and emigrated to New Zealand  in 1946 where  he had an illustrious academic career.




by Claire Martinsen

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Valerie June Chapman