CFHS code : BO23

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HERBERT CHARLES HOLDER d May 11 1931 aged 63 also of ANNIE ELIZABETH HOLDER his wife d 5th January 1949 aged 81

Monument : Kerb stones/Urn (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202942, 0.13789707 – click here for location

Holder kerb stones


This set of kerb stones, damaged, in the parish area of St Botolph, on the boundary with St Andrew the Less, is located north east of the centre circle, east of the north-bound central path, seven rows eastwards.


‘In loving memory of Herbert Charles Holder
who passed away May 11 1931 aged 63 years’

‘Also of Annie Elizabeth Holder his wife
died 5th January 1949 aged 81’
“At rest”

Herbert Charles Holder (1867 – 11 May 1931)

Herbert was born in Barrington, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Holder. His father was a publican, who ran the Field House pub, Mill Lane in Barrington (1871), but by 1881 the family had moved to live at 71 Sturton Street, and Robert worked as a miller. Herbert married Annie Kirbyshire in 1890 and they had eight children: Frederick Herbert (1891-1967), Arthur Ernest (1892-1947), Percy William (1892-1970), Archibald Charles (1896-1978), Sidney Hubert (1898-1901), Cissie Kathleen (1903-1987), Edward Eric (1904-1983) and one more child who died as an infant. Herbert worked as an under butler at Queens’ College, and was later promoted to butler. The family lived at 44 Russell Street (1891), Queens’ College Cottage (1901) and The Grove, Queens’ College (at least 1911 onwards).

In 1917 Herbert discovered the body the Queens’ College Head Cook, Frank Goring in the college store room.  Frank had been missing for a day, and Herbert discovered that he had committed suicide.  Frank had come to Cambridge, after working at Windsor Castle and the inquest jury returned a verdict of suicide, but they had not evidence as to the state of his mind at the time. The previous Queens’ cook Warwick Fuller had been involved in the Great Cambridge Meat Scandal and at the inquest the Bursar of Queens’ College stated ‘ I should like to say how much we regret Mr. Goring’s loss. He was an admirable servant, a good cook, a capable manager, and  thoroughly honest and trustworthy. We have found everything in order – his books and accounts etc. We feel his loss very much’.

Herbert was called up to fight in the 1st World War, despite being 51 years old, but was deemed ‘medically unfit’ and therefore exempt.  In October 1918 newspapers noted that four of his sons were serving at the front, and three had been serving since 1914.  He died at Queens’ College aged 63 years old.

Annie Elizabeth Holder (née Kirbyshire) (28 February 1867 – 5 January 1949)

Annie was the youngest daughter of Edward (1835-1924) and Mary  (née Penner) (1837-1905), sister of Arthur. Her father was a detective sergeant in the Cambridgeshire policeforce and she grew up at 119 Gwydir Street. Annie lived at 39 Park Street from at least 1936 onwards and died there aged 81 years old.


St Botolph: burial register


Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen and Ian Bent

Annie Elizabeth Holder; Herbert Charles Holder
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