Parish St Andrew the Great
Grave register location – from the west wall row 13 grave 4
This monument was not recorded in the CFHS survey. It was found during the 2019 mapping survey by the FOMRC history group.
Monument Located to the south of the parish. Kerbstones, one cornerstone is missing, a second is detached and has been placed within the kerbs. The inscription is carved into the inside edge of the stone.
In Loving Memory Of
George F Gigney killed in action at Peronne between Mar 21-31 1918 aged 26 years
Also of Gladys May Gigney died April 1919
Relationships Grandmother and 2 grandchildren
Rachel Start née Dye (c 1842 – 1897) Although her name is not on the monument the grave register shows that Rachel was buried here on July 13th 1897.
She was the daughter of Robert Benjamin and Elizabeth Dye. Robert was a publican, sawer and carpenter. She was born in Willow Place [now Willow Walk] but by the time she was 12 or 14 she was in service at the home of the Lee family in Newmarket Road.
She married George Start on November 21st 1864 in the parish of Andrew the Less. They had at least 4 children Mary Ann (1865), Rachel (1870), Susan (1872) and Clara (1875)
George died in 1886, aged 47, when the family were living in New St. He is buried in the parish of Andrew the Less but no grave marker has been found. After his death Rachel became a college worker and moved to Downing Court, Downing Street, where she died aged 58.
Her daughter Rachel married James Gigney in 1890.
George Frederick Gigney (1891 – 1918) WW1 soldier
George was born in Blue Lion Yard on May 8th 1891, to James Edward and Rachel Gigney née Start. James was described as a carter and later a furniture packer.
George married Florence May Anderson in St Andrew’s church Cherry Hinton on November 22 1913. He drove a horse drawn coal cart. His Grandfather James Gigney and his father were both coal carters.
George & Florence were living at 83 Cavendish Road when he set off to fight.
George, Private 30296, 2nd/4th Bn., East Lancashire Regiment was buried at Pozieres. The inscription on the kerbstones suggests that his body may not have been found until the 31st.
A memorial service was held at St Philip’s church on 31st September 1918, when several local men, including George, were commemorated for their bravery.
Péronne is a commune of the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. It is close to where the 1916, first 1918 and second 1918 Battles of the Somme took place during the First World War. The Museum of the Great War is located in the château.
George’s cousin Horace Francis Gigney died in WW2
Gladys May Gigney (1899 – 1919) Gladys was living with her parents at 11 David St when she died aged 20.
Researched by Mary Naylor
CFHS Transcripts of parish records
British Newspaper Archive – Cambridge Daily News