CFHS code : AL16

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EMILY GILLINGHAM d Oct 25 1912 aged 58 also FLORENCE A REYNOLDS daughter of the above d Jan 30 1921 aged 27 also CHARLES R GILLINGHAM husband of the above d April 28th 1930 aged 74

Monument : Headstone

Gillingham and Reynolds headstone November 2019

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.204194, 0.13776693 – click here for location


Located roughly eleven rows east of the north gait and four rows from the north wall. The headstone fell some time ago and is broken in several places. The inscription is now very hard to read.


In Loving Memory of EMILY GILLINGHAM d Oct 25 1912 aged 58

Also FLORENCE A REYNOLDS daughter of the above d Jan 30 1921 aged 27

Also CHARLES R GILLINGHAM husband of the above died April 28th 1930 aged 74 years

Emily Ensby Gillingham (née Wilson) (1854 – 25 October 1912)

Emily was the daughter of John and Emma (née Ensby) and was baptised at St. Paul’s Church on 5 November 1854.  She grew up at 20 Gothic Street (1861) and her father was a groom, her mother a college servant.  The family later moved to 56 Norfolk Street (1871).  Emily married Charles Gillingham in 1875 when she was 20 years old and the couple had twelve children: James Edward (1875-1953), Charles John (1876-1932), George Ernest (1878-1947), Elizabeth Eliza (1880-1963), Margaret Grace (1882-1968), William Henry (1886-1971), Mabel Louisa (1891-1964), Florence Ada (1893-1921) and a further four children who died as infants.

Charles worked as a gas lighter and the family lived at 60 Norfolk Street (1881) and then 4 Vicarage Terrace (at least 1891 onwards).  It is believed Emily died at Vicarage Terrace aged 58 years old.

Florence Ada Reynolds  (née Gillingham) (1893 – 30 January 1921)

Florence was the youngest daughter of Charles and Emily.  Aged 17 she was living with her parents at Vicarage Terrace and working as a domestic servant (1911).  She married Walter William Thomas Reynolds (1889-1918) in 1915.  Walter was killed in the 1st World War and died on 5 November 1918, just a week before the end of the war.  He was a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. Florence died in Cambridge aged 27 years old.

Charles Rainbird Gillingham (1856 – 28 April 1930)

Charles was the son of James and Elizabeth (née Rainbird) Gillingham and grew up at 43 Gas Lane.  His father worked as a whitesmith and aged 15 Charles was documented on the 1871 census as being an unemployed grocer’s porter.  From c.1879 onwards he worked as a gas lighter for the Cambridge Gas Company.

In April 1907 Charles appeared before the Police Court accused of stealing 35lbs of lead piping, valued at 3s 9d from Cambridge University and the Cambridge Gas Company.  Charles had been observed by Detective-Sergeant Marsh passing the piping to Archibald Douglas.  Archibald had then tried to sell the piping on to a third party.  At the hearing Charles said that he had been asked by a ‘chap’ if he could sell the piping, which he had then found in a bag by his back door. He was unable to name the man, nor where the conversation about the piping had taken place.  He did however plead guilty to stealing some, but not all of the 35lbs of piping. His solicitor Ernest Vinter appealed for leniency saying that Charles ‘had always borne a good character, his conduct up to the time of his offence having been exemplary.  He had brought up a large family in a respectable way, and his children were extremely distressed at the position of the father they had always looked up to and honoured and had instructed him (Mr Vinter) to appear on his behalf.  He submitted that it was not a case of systematic theft, but a case of an old servant being tempted by the knowledge that there were people who would receive the lead. Accused would undoubtedly be dismissed from the service of the Company and that after his long period of service, must be an extremely severe punishment for a man of his age’.  He was sentenced to 14 days hard labour and was dismissed from his job.  By 1911 he was working as a road sweeper for the council and died at Vicarage Terrace at the age of 74.

His son Charles also worked as a lamplighter for the Cambridge Gas Company (1911).



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Charles Rainbird Gillingham; Emily Ensby Gillingham; Florence Ada Reynolds