CFHS code : MG126
Parish : St Mary the Great
Inscription : In Loving Memory of GRETCHEN AUMÜLLER for many years the faithful friend and servant of Mrs C C DUNLOP born at Frankfurt am Main entered into rest Dec 26 1915
Monument : Stone cross (broken)
Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202119, 0.13813564 – click here for location
The cross has fallen intact to the west.
Gretchen Ursula Aumüller (c.1853 – 26 December 1915)
Gretchen was born in Stierstadt, a small town to the north of Frankfurt. In 1870 she moved to Ireland to work for Catharine Cardew Dunlop as her ladies maid. In 1881 the pair were living in Hastings, but had moved to Cambridge by at least 1891. After Catharine died in February 1902 Gretchen ran a University Lodging House on Malcolm Street. She later moved to live at 14 Norwich Street with ‘the Misses Edwards’ and died there aged c.62 years old.
Her funeral took place on 30 December and was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press under the title of ‘Funeral of a well-known German Lady at Mill Road Cemetery’. The newspaper reported that ‘Although born in Germany Miss Allmüller had cultivated a strong taste for everything English and indeed had spent the greater part of her life in this country, and had expressed her firm intentions of never again returning to Germany’. Gretchen was said to be ‘a keen supporter of the Primrose League, and untiring Church worker. ‘Gretchen’ as she was familiarly known was a prominent character in the town, and deeply beloved by all who knew her’. The service took place at St. Paul’s Church before internment at the Cemetery. It was said ‘a large number of friends were present in the church’.
by Claire Martinsen
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