CFHS code : MG22
Parish : St Mary the Great
Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear husband THOMAS WILLIAM HARRIS d June 26th 1927 aged 79 also HARRIOTTE HARRIS wife of the above d July 10 1934 aged 82 also of GERTRUDE MILDRED MAY HARRIS b Oct 24th 1884 d April 15th 1885 also of BERTIE ARCHIBALD BLINKHORN HARRIS b Jan 14th 1886 killed in action Sept 4th 1917 also of GILBERT NEVILLE HARRIS b Aug 9th 1892 killed in action June 6th 1915
Monument : Stone cross (broken but plinth intact)/Kerb stones/Flowerholder/Urn
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202249, 0.13741015 – click here for location
This stone cross (fallen and broken) on triple plinth, with kerb stones, flower-holder and urn, in the parish area of St Mary the Great, is located three rows to the east side of the central path, about halfway between the south path and the centre circle.
‘In loving memory of my dear husband Thomas William Harris
passed away June 26th 1927 aged 79’
‘Also Harriotte Harris wife of the above
who died July 10 1934 aged 82 years’
‘Also of Gertrude Mildred May Harris
born Oct 24th 1884 died April 15th 1885’
‘Also of Bertie Archibald Blinkhorn Harris
born Jan 14th 1886 killed in action Sept 4th 1917’
[north:] ‘Also of Gilbert Neville Harris
born Aug 9th 1892 killed in action June 6th 1915’
Bertie Archibald Blinkhorn Harris (1886–1917) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Bertie was born on 14 January 1886 in Cambridge. He was the seventh of twelve children born to Thomas William Harris and Harriotte Harris (née Vinsen). Bertie became a cabinet maker. He married Eleanor Annie Benstead in 1909 in Cambridge. They had two children: Bernard Albert Blinkhorn (1910–86) and Marjorie Clara (1913–2001). The family lived at 76 Maids Causeway, Cambridge.
Thomas William Harris (1847–1927)
Thomas was born in 1847 in Cambridge. He was one of at least nine children born to Thomas Harris and Elizabeth Harris (née Stanley). His father, Thomas senior, was a groom for some of the time at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge before becoming a coachman. The family grew up at 11 Burleigh Street, 2 Tibbs Row, 8 Falcon Yard and 4 Gifford Place, Cambridge. Thomas junior initially worked as a college servant before becoming a tobacconist. He married Harriotte Vinsen in 1875 in Hertfordshire. They had twelve children including Gertrude Mildred May Harris, Bertie Archibald Blinkhorn Harris and Gilbert Neville Harris. The family grew up at 4 Petty Cury, 22 Victoria Street, 2 Market Hill and 34 Glisson Road (Petersfield), Cambridge. Thomas died on 26 June 1927 in Cambridge.
Harriotte Harris (née Vinsen) (1851–1934)
Harriotte was born in 1851 in St Neot’s, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire). She was one of at least eight children born to Henry Vinsen and Mary Ann Vinsen (née Blinkhorn). Her father was a coachmaker. The family grew up in Victoria Lane, Huntingdon and then South Street, St Neot’s before moving to 7 Downing Place, Cambridge. Her father’s business grew until it employed seven men and three boys. Harriotte married Thomas William Harris in 1875 in Hertfordshire. They had twelve children including Gertrude Mildred May Harris, Bertie Archibald Blinkhorn Harris and Gilbert Neville Harris. Harriotte not only lost two of her sons during the First World War, she also lost her nephew, Henry Vinsen (1882–1918). Harriotte died on 10 July 1934 in Cambridge.
Gertrude Mildred May Harris (1884–1885)
Gertrude was born in 1884 in Cambridge. She was the fifth of twelve children born to Thomas William Harris and Harriotte Harris (née Vinsen). Gertrude died aged 1 in 1885 in Cambridge. She was the only one of her siblings to die in infancy.
Gilbert Neville Harris (1892–1915) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Gilbert was born on 9 August 1892 in Cambridge. He was the eleventh of twelve children born to Thomas William Harris and Harriotte Harris (née Vinsen). Gilbert together with at least two of his brothers (Cyril and Reginald) were educated at the Mead House School for Young Gentlemen in Biggleswade, Hertfordshire. Gilbert became a draper and moved to Hastings, Sussex with his younger brother, Percy, where they worked for the department store, Plummer Roddis.
The War Graves Photographic Project
The War Graves Photographic Project
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
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914–1919
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
Web: International, Find A Grave Index
Note: This grave was located and recorded by the Sixth-formers of the Parkside Federation, Cambridge on 14 November 2012.
By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent