CFHS code : CL80

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EDWARD MALES d April 17 1932 aged 79 NELLY MALES wife of above d March 15 1947 aged 83

Monument : Headstone (broken and fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.2024, 0.13848575 – click here for location



Edward William Males (23 December 1852 – 17 April 1932)

Edward was born in Islington, London and was the son of John and Catherine Males.  He was baptised at St Peter’s Church, Walworth on 6th March 1853.  He was raised in Bloomsbury, where his father worked as an agricultural labourer.  He briefly worked as a lithographic printer, before enlisting in the Royal Artillery when he was 19 years old.  In 1881 he was living within the Royal Barracks at Woolwich and had reached the rank of Acting Bombardier by this time.  He married Nellie Arthur Barriball at St Barnabas Church, Hornsey Road, London on 14th May 1882, and he had been made up to Bombardier by this time.

Edward and Nellie had thirteen children: Florence Nellie Arthur (1883-1934), Edward William Arthur (1884-1953), Eva Annie Brandon (1887-1962), Charles Henry Malcolm (1890-1892), Lilian Grace (1892-1893), Margaret Julia (1894-1977),  Alfred Henry (1896-1969), Phyllis Rose Annie (1898-1970), Kathleen Victoria (1900-1980), Dorothy Alexandra (1901-1994), John Albert (1905-1951) and a further two children who died as infants.  The first four of their children were born whilst Edward was in the Army and were born in London, Hampshire and India, so Edward was certainly posted overseas during his Army service.  He was discharged from the Army on 16th December 1892, as a Sergeant.  He became a Chelsea Pensioner on the 20th December, two days before the birth of his fifth child Lilian Grace Males.

The family appear to have lived briefly in London after Edward’s Army career (1893), but by December 1896 had moved to Cambridge.  They lived at 6 Richmond Terrace, and Edward worked initially as an electrical meter inspector (1901) and then as a theatre attendant (1911).  He died at the Infirmary on Mill Road aged 79 years old.


Nellie Arthur Males (née Barriball) (5 May 1863 – 15 March 1947)

Nellie was born in Holborn in London and was the daughter of tailor Thomas Henry Balliball and his wife Georgiana Mary Emma (née Brendon).  On census records throughout her life her name is spelt Nellie, but the engraving on her grave monument would appear to use a different spelling.  Just prior to her marriage to Edward Males she was working as a domestic servant to the Holder family at 1 Granville Terrace in Hornsey (1881).

Nellie was widowed aged 68 years old, and continued to live at 6 Richmond Terrace running it as a University Lodging House (1939).  She was still living at Richmond Terrace in 1945, and died aged 83 years old.







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