CFHS code : CL88

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of ELIZA DOCKRILL d 29th April 1933 aged 73 also of HENRY EDWARD DOCKRILL d Nov 3rd 1945 aged 87

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Eliza Dockrill  (née Fordham) (1860 – 29 April 1933)

Eliza was the daughter of John and Rachel and grew up at the Ship pub on Mill Road where her father was publican as well as working as an engine driver.  Aged 20 Eliza was working as a domestic servant for Mary Stanton who ran a Lodging House at 1 Mill Lane before marrying Henry Dockrill in 1883. Henry worked in a brewery and the couple had nine children:  Louisa (1890-1973), Ethel Maude (1892-1986), Gunner Albert Edward (1895-1917), Harold George (1897-1988), Dorothy (Dolly) (1900-) and Gladys Mary (1904-).

They lived at 59 Norfolk Terrace and both sons served in the 1st world war.  Eldest son  Gunner Albert Dockrill was killed when his ship H.M.S Vanguard exploded at Scapa Flow in July 1917. The Cambridge Daily News reported on 14 July that  Albert’s name was not on a list of survivors of the explosion  and ‘Mrs Dockrill has not yet received any news of her son’.  Youngest son Corporal Harold Dockrill was taken prisoner of war in March 1918 – his regimental chaplain wrote to Eliza and Henry in April 1918 to inform them that Harold ‘together with 12 other ambulance men were in an advanced dressing station which was captured by the Germans …as far as is known all the men are prisoners  and unwounded.’ Harold wrote to them in July 1918 ‘stating that he [was] quite well and a prisoner of war at Stendall, Germany’ and was repatriated in December 1918.

Henry Edward Dockrill (1858 – 3 November 1945)

Henry was the son of Edward and Emma and was grew up at 3 Abbey Street (1861). His father worked as a labourer and later as a railway carman (delivery driver). After he was widowed Henry lived at 54 Cromwell Road with daugther Ethel and her family (1939) and then 61 Birdwood Road.  He died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 87 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Eliza Dockrill; Henry Edward Dockrill