CFHS code : MC18

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of FRANK GIDDINS d Feb 5th 1938 aged 72 also LAVINIA wife of the above d May 2nd 1939 aged 70 kerbs: FRANK SIDNEY GIDDINS d Oct 26th 1926

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat  Lon :  52.202564, 0.13792282 – click here for location

Giddins monument


Located roughly 10 rows along the path to the east of the centre circle and 10 plots to the south. When the photo was taken in 2015 the kerbstones had tipped sideways and now in 2020 the headstone has fallen face down so the inscription,  of metal letters and in good order, can no longer be read.



In Loving Memory of FRANK GIDDINS who died Feb 5th 1938 aged 72 years

“For ever with the Lord.”

Also LAVINIA wife of the above who died May 2nd 1939 aged 70 years



FRANK SIDNEY GIDDINS died Oct 26th 1926

Frank Giddins ( 1865 – 5 February 1938)

Frank would appear to have been known by the name of Fred throughout his life. He was born in Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon and the son of Charles and Sarah Ann Giddins. Charles Giddins was a carpenter, and by the age of 15 Fred was an apprentice carpenter.

He married Lavinia Clark in 1890, and in 1891 they were living at 21 Hartington Terrace in Cambridge, and Fred was working as a carpenter. By 1901 they were living at Silverdale, 362 Mill Road.

Frank and Lavinia had three children: Frank Sidney [1891-1926], Reginald Charles [1895-1915] and Winifred Day [1899-1985].

Reginald died in the 1st World War, and was a Lance-Corporal in the 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment.  Prior to the war he had been a laboratory assistant at the University. His parents made sure his name was remembered within Cambridge after he died in September 1915.  An article from The Cambridge Independent Press in October 1915 said:

The Late Lance-Corporal Giddins- Further letters received by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Giddins, of Mill-road, Cambridge, show that their son. Lce.-Corpl. R. Giddins. of the Ist Cambridge Regt., whose death has already been announced in our columns, was not killed by piece of shell, stated, but a bullet. He was shot through the head, and died almost instantaneously.  Lieut. F. A. Marr, in a letter informing Mr. Giddins of his son’s death, says: I am afraid that you will feel his loss deeply, and I offer my sincere sympathy. He was range-taker for the Machine-Gun Section, and performed his work with great skill. was an invaluable worker and a keen and conscientious non-commissioned officer. It may some consolation to you know that died in performing his duty, and that death practically instantaneous. He was buried in churchyard with full military honours by the Brigade Chaplain, and cross has been erected over his grave.  He was extremely popular with his fellow-members of the section, who join with me in expressing their deepest sympathy your sad loss.” Pte. H. Tabor, in a second letter Mr. Giddins …. states that he was nearly always with Lance-Corporal. Giddins and feels his death as keenly if had been his own brother. He was good a soldier.. as ever walked in France.” A message sympathy has been received the parents from the Cambs. and Isle of Ely Territorial Force Association. Mr, and Mrs. Giddins have received many other expressions of condolence, end they wish to thank all who have communicated their sympathy to them.

Fred Giddins worked as a carpenter and foreman throughout his life. He died at home at 362 Mill Road aged 73 years old.

A year after his death Lavinia and daughter Winifred placed their respects in the Cambridge Independent Press:

GIDDINS.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Frank Giddins, who passed away suddenly, February 5th, 1938. In silence we remember. From his loving Wife and Daughter. 362, Mill-road, Cambridge.  

Lavinia Giddins  [nee Clark] (1868 – 2 May 1939)

Lavinia was born in Hartford, Huntingdon and was the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Clark. Daniel Clark was a labourer to a coal merchant.  She was baptised on 17th July 1870 in Hartford.  She married Fred Giddins in 1890.

She died aged 71 years old, just over a year after her husband.

Frank Sidney Giddins (1891 – 26 October 1926)

Frank was the eldest child of Fred and Lavinia Giddins.  He grew up at 362 Mill Road.  By the age of 20 he was working as a stonemason, and in 1911 was lodging at Westerham in Kent and working there. In World War one he was a sapper in the Royal Engineers [Regiment number 36887].

In 1915 he married May Ellen Gwendoline Wright.  May and Frank had at least two children: Daphne Rachel [1918-1993] and Anthony Charles [1920-1996]. They lived at 374 Mill Road, very near his parents.  Frank died at Addenbrookes Hospital aged 35 years old.

May Giddins [24 October 1889 – 27 August 1957] ran a lodging house at 41 Eltisley Avenue after being widowed.  She died aged 67 years old and was cremated in Cambridge.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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