CFHS code : MG183

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of mother and brother ELLEN DONCASTER d 21 May 1907 aged 58 SIDNEY GILBEY DONCASTER d March 1918 aged 28

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201999, 0.13829088 – click here for location

Doncaster grave
Doncaster monument



Ellen Doncaster (née Gilbey) (1846 – 21 May  1907)

Ellen was the daughter of William and Ann and was born and raised in Swavesey.  Her father was an agricultural labourer and Ellen married Tom Doncaster (1841-1917) in Cambridge in 1868. Tom was a carpenter and they had at least eleven children: Frederick William (1870-1934), Rebecca, (1872-1953), Ellen (1874-1961), Mary Elizabeth (1875-1941), Tom (1879-1921), Harry (1880-1956), Harriet (1883-), Dora Annie (1885-1955), Grace Alice (1887-1957), Sidney Gilbey (1889-1918) and Daisy May (1891-). The family lived at 19 Adam and Eve Street (1871/1881) and 46 Adam and Eve Street (1891/1901). Ellen died in May 1907 and although her age was recorded as being 58 years it is thought she was actually 60 years old.

Tom Doncaster married for a second time in 1908 to Rebecca Lawes (1852-1928).

Sidney Gilbey Doncaster (1889 –   5 March 1918)

Sidney was the youngest son of Tom and Ellen. He was a member of the Christ Church Band of Hope, which was a youth organisation to teach children ‘the importance and principles of sobriety and teetotalism’ and was a prize winner in May 1900.  This suggests his parents were also members of the Temperance movement.  Aged 14 he was working for  for Mr Harvey, dairyman (1903).

Sidney enlisted in the army on 27 October 1914 and served as a Private with the Royal Garrison Artillery (1st Cambridgeshire Regiment). In 1914 he was living at 18 Brandon Place and was an unemployed groundsman.  He was 25 years old and 5ft 8.5 inches tall.  He was discharged on 4 June 1915 due to ‘no longer being physically fit for war service’ and records show he had not left the UK during his time in the army.  He died at his sister Mary’s house at 6 Edward Stret and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 7 March.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Ellen Doncaster; Sidney Gilbey Doncaster