No monument has been found for this grave but we know from the grave register, kept by the sexton of the parish, that it was 12 rows from the west path and 17 plots north of the  east west path. His brother Richard’s monument is 1 row to the east and 2 plots to the north.

William John Farrant Edwards (1863-1915)

William was born on 23 November 1863 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  He was the fifth of twelve children born to Richard Edwards (1837-1905) and Louisa Farrant Edwards (née Haw) (1839-1915).  In 1881 William was still living at home at 8 Fitzroy Street, Cambridge.  His father was a brewer and he was working as a brewer’s apprentice.  By 1891 William was a boarder at 14 St James Street, Islington, London.  He was working as a printer compositor.  William married Margaret Sarah Mudgett (1871-?) in 1898 in the City of London.  They had two children: Charlotte Louisa (1899-?) and Richard Henry (1904-?).  By 1901 the family were living in the High Street, Hampton, Middlesex and William was working as a newsagent.  By 1911 William was boarding at Elmdale, Dawson Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey and he was working as a compositor again.  His family was not living with him.  At some point William returned to Cambridge.  He died on 5 September 1915 at his home, Hector House, East Road, Cambridge.

Six of William’s siblings died in infancy, and were also buried in this cemetery.  Four of William’s five siblings, who survived infancy, were also buried in this cemetery: Elizabeth Farrant Driver (née Edwards) (1857-1926); Mary Ann Farrant Nixon (née Edwards) (1860-1921); Richard James Farrant Edwards (1866-1913); and Susanna Helena Farrant Matthews (née Edwards) (1870-1950).


Funeral at Mill Road Cemetery.

The funeral of Mr. William John Farrant Edwards, who died at his residence, Hector House, East-road, Cambridge, on Sunday, took place at Mill-road Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Edward Thompson officiating.  Mr. Edward was the eldest son of the late Mr. Richard Edwards, brewer.

The chief mourners were: Mrs. W. Edwards (widow), Master Richard Edwards (son), Miss Louie Edwards (daughter), Mr. A. F. Edwards (brother), Mrs. J. K. Driver (sister), Mr. J. K. Driver (brother-in-law), Mr. F. Matthews (brother-in-law), Mr. H. Nixon (nephew), Mrs. J. Edwards (sister-in-law), Mr. T. Gray (cousin), Mrs. G. Starnell (cousin), Mrs. Vertgaus (mother-in-law).

The coffin, which was of polished elm, with brass furniture, bore the following inscription: “William John Farrant Edwards, born Nov. 27th, 1863, died September 5th, 1915.”

The floral tributes bore the following inscriptions. – My darling husband, from his sorrowing wife and children; With loving sympathy to our dear brother, from Lizzie, Jack and family; With love, from Julia; To our dear brother, with fond love, from Polly and family; To dear old Bill, from Fred, Alma and Nellie; With fondest love, from mother and sister-in-law; With sincerest sympathy from Mr. Tom Gray; From his loving sister Susie, Fred and family.

Messrs. F. J. and T. E. Prime, of Burleigh-street, were the undertakers.

Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 10 September 1915


Census: 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911

England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995

Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 10 September 1915

By Emma Easterbrook

William John Farrant Edwards