CFHS code : HT448

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FREDERICK J GAWTHROPE d 8th March 1911 aged 36 ELIZABETH EMMA wife of the above d 21st March 1948 aged 73 also their son FREDERICK A GAWTHROPE died in Thailand 1st August 1943

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Frederick James Gawthrope (13 May 1874 – 8 March 1911)

Frederick was the son of John and Mary Ann Gawthrope – his father was a farmer. He was born in Histon, and baptised there on 25th October 1874.   Aged 17 years old Frederick was living at home with his parents and working as a butcher.  He married Elizabeth Emma Benstead in 1898 when he was 24 years old.  They initially  lived at York Terrace, where Frederick was a grocer [1901]

Emma and Frederick had five children:  Mabel Emma [1901-1980], Louisa Maud [1904-1990], Lilian Eva [1905-1983], Grace Mary [1908-1983] and Frederick Arthur William [1910-1943].  Frederick died aged 36 years old in March 1911 at 9 Norfolk Terrace,

Elizabeth Emma Gawthrope [nee Benstead] (26 November 1874 – 21 March 1948)

Emma was born in Cambridge and married Frederick Gawthrope when she was 23 years old.  She was widowed aged 36, and was left with five children under 10 years old. She continued to live at 9 Norfolk Terrace and in 1939 was living there with four of her five children.  She is noted on the 1939 census as an invalid. She was still living at Norfolk Terrace in 1948, but died at Addenbrookes Hospital.  She was 73 years old and left an estate valued at £152, 11s 4d.

Frederick Arthur William Gawthrope (3 August 1901 – 1st August 1943)

Frederick was born and raised at Norfolk Terrace.  He was the only son of Frederick and Elizabeth Gawthrope.  In 1939 he was living at home with his mother and sisters and working as a fish and poultry hand..  He served as a private in the Royal Norfolk Regiment in the 2nd World War.  He was imprisoned in a prisoner of war camp in Thailand, and is buried at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.


by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Emma Gawthrope; Frederick Arthur William Gawthrope; Frederick James Gawthrope