CFHS code : PL311

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory EDWARD BRAMWELL HILLS d 16th June 1916 aged 42 also HENRY HILLS d Oct 19th 1917 aged 84 also ELIZA MARY HILLS d Sept 14th 1924 aged 81

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey




Henry Hills (c.1834 – 19 October 1917)

Henry was born in Cambridge and was the son of William and Charlotte Hills.  He grew up at 8 Pembroke Street, where his father was a hairdresser.  Henry also became a hairdresser, as did his brother William. He married Eliza Mary Marfleet at Christ Church on 16th July 1868. Henry and Eliza had five children: Maud Mary [1869-1945], Louisa Manners [1870-1943], Harry George H [1871-1955], Edward Bramwell [1874-1916] and Arthur Rudolph [1877-1963].

Initially they lived at 8 Pembroke Street [1871], but then moved to 44 Russell Street [1881], and 40 Trumpington Street [1891].  By 1901 Henry had stopped being a hairdresser, and was running the Swan Inn in Godmanchester.  In 1911 Henry and Eliza were still living in Godmanchester with son Arthur, and he was described as a retired hairdresser.  He died in 1917 aged 84 years old at Brook Cottage, Pemberton Road, Cambridge.

His death was reported in the Cambridge Daily News on 23rd October: ‘the passing of Mr Henry Hills of Brook Cottage, at the advanced age of 84 removes a link with the past. He was one of the most highly-respected of Cambridge’s sons and developed a taste for art which was reflected in his home and admired by a wide circle of friends, not least of whom was young Henry Irving, destined later to become England’s leading actor.  Mr Hills was a Freemason and a popular member of the craft, and had the honour of sitting in lodge with the late King Edward. He leaves a widow, two sons in the Army and two daughters. His second son died here last year, after serving 22 years in the Navy’.


Eliza Mary Hills [nee Marfleet] (c.1843 – 14 September 1924)

Eliza was the daughter of George and Louisa Marfleet.  She grew up at 216-217 Newmarket Road, where her father was a grocer and baker. She married Henry Hills when she was 24 years old.

After being widowed she continued to live at Brook Cottage, and died aged 81 years old.


Edward Bramwell Hills (7 April 1874 – 16 June 1924)

Edward was the middle son of Henry and Eliza Hills.  He grew up at 44 Russell Street [1881], and was educated at St Paul’s and the Higher Grade Schools.  When he left school he worked as a clerk at the Correspondance College. Aged 17 was a private in the Royal Marines [1881] and then joined the Navy where he worked for 22 years.  He worked as part of the Naval Medical team, and travelled the world in his role.  The countries he visited included most European countries, India, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and the West Indies.  He was also in charge of a naval hospital in Bermuda for three years.

As part of his global travels he collected many trophies presented to him by ‘natives as souvenirs’. The one that was said to raise the most curiosity was the dress of a cannibal princess, which was presented to Edward after he had successfully treated her for an illness. The Cambridge Independent Press reported that ‘he had a special aptitude for his work, and exhaustive study, observation and practical experience gave him a proficiency which was highly appreciated in the Navy. He treasured among the memories that clustered around his visits to different countries and his Majesty’s Overseas Dominions, his accompanying the Prince and Princess of Wales, now King George and Queen Mary on their Colonial Tour [sic]’.  His death at 42 was said to be ‘sudden’.



Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives


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