CFHS code : AL119

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY wife of EDWARD KIRBYSHIRE who departed this life Mar 21st 1905 aged 68 also EDWARD KIRBYSHIRE d June 17th 1924 aged 89 38 years member of the Borough Police

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20377004, 0.13800418 – click here for location

Kirbyshire grave
Kirbyshire headstone


This monument is a simple Gothic window shaped headstone, located in the St Andrew the Less section of the Cemetery, to the right of the central path (going north), after the central circle and just before the path bends to the left, immediately behind Reynolds.


‘In loving memory of
Mary wife of Edward Kirbyshire
who departed this life Mar 21st 1905 Aged 68 years’

‘Also Edward Kirbyshire
who died June 17th 1924 Aged 89 years
38 years member of the Borough Police’
“Life’s work well done now comes rest.”

Edward Kirbyshire (1835‒1924)policeman – see also Life Story page

Edward Kirbyshire was born in King Street, Cambridge in January 1835. At the age of 17 he joined the 9th Light Infantry. With them, he served two years in Ireland; then in 1854 he was transported with the regiment to Balaclava, where he fought in the Crimean War. Wounded at Redan, he continued to served until peace was signed in 1856, when he returned to England.

Edward joined the Borough Police Force in October 1856. Transferred from the uniform branch to plain clothes, he rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant, and eventually to Detective Inspector. After 38 years in the Force, he retired in September 1894. He died on 17 June 1924 aged 89, and his funeral took place in the chapel of Mill Cemetery and at the graveside on 28 June.

Mary Kirbyshire (née Pinner) (c.1837‒1905)

Mary was born in Shelford, near Cambridge, in c. 1837. The couple had three sons, Arthur, Walter E. and Samuel (b. 1865, married Alice Perren in 1896) and two daughters, Emily and Annie Elizabeth (married Herbert Charles Holder in 1890). In 1861 the family was living at 36 Willow Place (near New Square), but within a decade they were living on Gwydir Street (Petersfield), which remained the family home, No. 119, until Edward died in 1924. Mary died in 1905 aged 68.

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Census reports 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
Birth, marriage and death records
Cambridge Independent Press

By Ian Bent

Edward Kirbyshire; Mary Kirbyshire