CFHS code : HS117

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : WILLIAM HORNSBY d 29 March 1914 age 85 also ELIZABETH SHARMAN HORNSBY d 12 March 1932 age 90

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Hornsby kerb stones November 2018


In the parish area of Holy Sepulchre, these kerb stones are located on the east path partially hidden under ivy.


WILLIAM HORNSBY died 29 March 1914 age 85

Also ELIZABETH SHARMAN HORNSBY died 12 March 1932 age 90

William Hornsby (1829 – 29 March  1914)

William was born in Yardley, Northamptonshire and baptised in nearby Woollaston on 12 July 1829. He was the son of James and Sarah and his father worked as a labourer.  In 1861 William was living with his brother Frederick in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire and working as a railway engine stoker before marrying Elizabeth Wooding in c.1862. The family lived in Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes (1871) before moving to live at 90 Gwydir Street, Cambridge by at least 1876.  William worked as a railway engine driver and he and Elizabeth had twelve children: Thomas Cornelius (Tom)(1863-1920), Charles William (1864-), Sarah Elizabeth (1866-), Frederick (Fred) (1868-1910), Alfred Harry (1869-1928), Harry (1872-1928), Lois Minnie E (1876-1962), Ada Mary Ann (1878-), Alice Susannah (1879-1947), Susannah Ann (1881-1970), William Frederick (1884-1957) and one more child who died as an infant.

Their son Fred worked as head porter at the Lion Hotel and was killed in a cycling accident in October 1910.  He was cycling home and collided with a horsed mail cart near St. Clement’s Church. He was thrown to the ground and died of his injuries on the way to Addenbrooke’s Hosptial.  Fred left a widow and two sons was buried at Histon Road Cemetery.

William  Hornsby died at 90 Gwydir Street and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 April 1914.

Elizabeth Sharman Hornsby (née Wooding) (1842 – 12 March 1932)

Elizabeth was born in the same village as her husband and grew up in Yardley with her parents Cornelius and Susannah.  She died at Gwydir Street aged 90 years old.

William and Elizabeth’s granddaughter Lois is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery.



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Elizabeth Sharman Hornsby; William Hornsby