CFHS code : PL295

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ARTHUR GILL d 22 Feb 1923 aged 63 also son FRANK GILL killed in action 1916 also of our dear mother CAROLINE GILL d 18 Sept 1952 aged 87

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202225, 0.13625286 – click here for location

Gill grave
Gill monument

Monument

Ornamental headstone with kerb stones and cornerstones, in the parish area of St Paul, situated six rows east of the western path, just north of the Lodge.

Inscription

In loving memory of Arthur Gill,
who died Feb. 22 1923 aged 63
“Rest in peace.”

‘Also our beloved son Frank Gill,
who was killed in action 1916’
“Gone, but not forgotten.”

‘Also of our dear mother Caroline Gill
who died Sept 18 1952 aged 87’
“Asleep in Gods beautiful garden,
sheltered from sorrow and pain,
some day dearest of mothers,
we shall meet again.”

Frank Elias Gill (1898–1916)WW1 soldier -see also Life Story page

Frank was born in 1898 in Cambridge. He was the sixth of the seven children of Arthur Gill and Caroline Gill (née Flack).

Arthur Gill (1858–1923)

Arthur was born in 1858 in Hensingham, Cumberland. He was one of at least nine children born to James Gill and Martha Gill (née Irwin). Arthur was baptised on 20 June 1858 in Hensingham. His father was an iron miner. The family lived in Arlecdon, Cumberland. Both of Arthur’s parents died in 1874 when he was about 16 years old. He moved to Workington, Cumberland where he worked as a railway labourer and was a boarder at 32 Jane Street before making his way to London. Arthur married Caroline Flack on 2nd April 1884 at Christ Church, Watney Street, Tower Hamlets. They both listed their address as 43 Jubilee Street but this may have been an address of convenience. Arthur and Caroline had seven children including Frank Elias Gill. They brought up their family at 26 Madras Road (in Romsey Town), Cambridge, which was Caroline’s home town. Arthur initially continued to work for the railway as a railway telegraph labourer but then changed his occupation to being a fish dealer. Arthur died on 22 February 1923 in Cambridge.

Caroline Gill (née Flack) (1866–1952)

Caroline was born in 1866 in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge. She was one of at least seven children born to Alfred Flack and Elizabeth Lucy Flack (née Robinson). The family grew up in the High Street, Cherry Hinton. Her father was a lime burner. (A lime burner would burn lime to make it into mortar or plaster for the building trade. It was a highly dangerous occupation as there was a risk of carbon-monoxide poisoning and danger from severe burns.) Towards the end of his life Caroline’s father became an agricultural labourer instead. Caroline’s mother worked as a laundress as did Caroline herself. Caroline married Arthur Gill with whom she had seven children including Frank Elias Gill. She died on 18 September 1952 in the Maternity Hospital (now Ditchburn Place), Cambridge.

Sources:
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914–1921

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Arthur Gill; Caroline Gill; Frank Elias Gill