CFHS code : HT43

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM SHALLOW DAVIES d July 25th 1909 aged 48 also his beloved wife ELIZA DAVIES d July 31st 1957 aged 95

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Shallow Davies (1861 – 25 July 1909)

William was the only child of William and Eliza (née Shallow) and grew up at 5 Elm Street. His father was a journeyman tailor who died when William was young and he then lived with his mother and  grandparents at 7 Eden Street (1871/1881). He started working as a postman when he was seventeen years old  and married Eliza Gammon in 1883.  They had one son: William Walter (known as Walter) (1883-1956) and lived at 32 Eden Street.

In November 1890 he appeared in court,  charged with ‘stealing a post letter containing a postal order for 10s, the property of H.M. Postmaster General at Cambridge on the 10th July 1890’. He pleaded guilty at court, and his solicitor said that ‘this was not a clerk or a person occupying any important position in the department, but simply a letter carrier. He had been in the service for 12 years and the maximum wages he had received were only 22s. a week…the man had been in goal for two months’. He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment with hard labour and when the census of 1891 was taken, was a prisoner at Castle Hill Prison, Castle Street.

When he was released from jail he worked as a bootmaker and died at Eden Stret aged 48 years old.

Eliza Davies (née Gammon) (1862 – 31 July 1957)

Eliza was born in Isleham, near Ely and was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (née Taylor). Joseph was an agricultural labourer who died in November 1868 and Eliza then lived at Waterside Drove, Isleham with her mother and siblings. She worked as a domestic servant before marrying William Davies. After she was widowed she lived with her son Walter who was a cook.  From at least 1938 onwards the pair lived at 1 James Street. Walter died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in October 1856 and was buried in Bury St. Edmunds.  Eliza died at James Street aged 95 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Eliza Davies; William Shallow Davies