CFHS code : AG542

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : side 1: illegible side [MAY LANGLEY] 2: IELMO / ELIZABETH / the dearly loved and devoted wife of / F.G. LANGLEY / and mother of MAY / d 14th March 1942 / aged 64 / also of / FREDERICK GEORGE / LANGLEY / [26] January 1954 / aged [78]

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203034, 0.13678923 – click here for location

Langley monument 2017


This headstone, with kerb stones in the parish area of Andrew the Great, stands roughly 5 rows east of the west path and 5 monument north of the east west path from the centre circle.


west face
east face
In Ever Loving Memory Of
ELIZABETH  the dearly loved and devoted wife of F.G. LANGLEY and mother of MAY  d 14th March 1942  aged 64

Also of  FREDERICK GEORGE  LANGLEY  d [26] January 1954  aged [78]

Elizabeth Langley (née Whyte)  (23 December 1877 – 14 March 1942)

Elizabeth was born in Tannadice, near Forfar in Scotland. Her father John was a coachman, and her mother was called Annie. She grew up in Tannadice with her three siblings (1881) but by the age of 13 was living in Edinburgh with her expanded family of seven siblings.

She married Frederick Langley in Winchester in 1907.  They had at least two children: May (1908-1917) and Gladys (1911-1965).  George worked as a tobacconist  and they lived firstly at 15 Kings Parade (1911) and later at 28 St Andrew’s Street (at least 1916 onwards).

In 1939 Frederick was still working as a tobacconist but they were living at 27  Highfield Avenue with their youngest daughter Gladys who was a clerical assistant at the Post Office.  They had a widowed domestic helper living in with them, Erna Gellhorn and her son Dieter.  Elizabeth died at Highfield Avenue in 1942.

Frederick George Langley (10  December 1877 – 26 January 1954)

Frederick was the son of agricultural labourer Thomas Langley and his wife Martha.  He was born in Chippenham, Cambridgeshire. By the age of 13 (1891) Frederick was also working as an agricultural worker.  In 1901 he was living in West Ham with his uncle and was working as a railway police constable.  He married in 1907.

In 1911 he was living with his brother Arthur Edward Langley at 15 Kings Parade.  Arthur was a lodging house keeper.  By that stage Frederick was a tobacconist.  He was widowed at the age of 62 years old, and continued to live at Highfield Avenue. He died there in January 1954.

It is believed that the eroded inscription on side 1 of the monument is for Frederick and Elizabeth’s eldest daughter.

May Langley (c.1908 – 21 January 1917)

May died at Addenbrookes Hospital aged 9 years old.  She was taken to hospital on 8 January suffering from appendicitis, for which she was operated upon.  She subsequently developed peritonitis and was operated on for a second time. She appeared to recover, but died two days after the second operation.  She was described as ‘a pretty, sweet-tempered and intelligent child (who) attended Park Street Higher Grade School, where she was popular both with scholars and teachers.  She will be greatly missed too, by her father’s customers for she was fond of trying to help in the shop during the holidays’.



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