CFHS code : MG205

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM JOHN COLLINS d October 2nd 1941 aged 64

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202097, 0.13788578 – click here for location

Collins grave
Collins monument



William John Collins (13 August 1877 – 2 October 1941)

William was born in Gillingham, Kent and baptised on 7 October 1877. He was the son of labourer Thomas and Harriett (née Pike) and aged 13  was working as a ‘boy at the brickworks’.  He joined the Metropolitan Police on 19 November 1900 and in 1901 was living at the Police Station on Leman Street in Whitechapel. William married Emily Else (1874-1965)(daughter of Frederick and Mary Ann) on 25 August 1902 at St. Barnabas Church in Cambridge and they lived  at 27 Victoria Road in Mortlake (1911).

William retired in November 1925 after 25 years of service.  From pension paperwork it is known he was 5ft 8 inches tall with light brown hair which was turning grey, blue-ish grey eyes and a fresh complexion. His pay when he retired was £4, 15s per week with an additional 10s and 7d rent allowance. He retired on a pension of £153, 13s and 5d per year (c.£10,000 at 2020 values). The couple retired to live  at 40 Orchard Estate in Cherry Hinton and William died at home in October 1941.

Emily Collins continued to live at Orchard Estate and died at Linton Hospital on 3 June 1965.



by Claire Martinsen

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