CFHS code : ED109
Parish : St Edward
Inscription : In Loving Memory of FREDERICK WILLIAM beloved husband of ROSE b 19 May 1886 died at sea 11 July 1943 and GEORGE b 16 Sept 1891 d 28 Jan 1959 sons of GEORGE & ELIZABETH NIGHTINGALE also ELLEN LOUISA wife of GEORGE b 15 Sept 1891 d 4 Oct 1959 In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH NIGHTINGALE b 28 Nov 1857 d 19 Apr 1916 also GEORGE NIGHTINGALE b 20 Jan 1860 d 7 Dec 1931 In Loving Memory of HARRY NIGHTINGALE 1st Cambs Regt died of wounds in France 16 Feb 1918 age 23
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203294 0.13680173 – click here for location
This headstone, with kerb stones, is in the parish area of St Edward.
[based on the transcript by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society]
‘In loving memory of Frederick William beloved husband of Rose
born 19 May 1886 died at sea 11 July 1943’
‘and George born 16 Sept 1891 died 28 Jan 1959
sons of George & Elizabeth Nightingale’
‘Also Ellen Louisa wife of George
born 15 Sept 1891 died 4 Oct 1959’
‘In loving memory of Elizabeth Nightingale
born 28 Nov 1855 died 19 Apr 1916’
‘Also George Nightingale
born 20 Jan 1860 died 7 Dec 1931’
‘In loving memory of Harry Nightingale 1st Cambs Regt
died of wounds in France 16 Feb 1918 age 23’
Frederick William Nightingale (1886–1943) – WW1 and WW2 soldier – see also Life Story page
Frederick was born on 19 May 1886 in March, Cambridgeshire. He was the eldest of the four children of George Samuel Nightingale and Ann Elizabeth Nightingale (née Challis). By the time he was 23 years old Frederick had joined the 17th Lancers and was serving in India before the First World War.
Frederick married Rose Elizabeth Mabbatt in 1931 in Cambridge. When the Second World War began Frederick served his country again as Warrant Officer Class II (311894) of the Royal Armoured Corps. However, this time he was not so lucky and died at sea on 11 July 1943.
George Samuel Nightingale (1860–1931)
George was born on 20 January 1860 in Trumpington, Cambridge. He was the eldest of two children born to Askew Nightingale and Jane Nightingale (née Laxton). George’s mother died when George was two years old shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Martha Matilda Nightingale. George’s younger sister died within a couple of months. His father remarried a couple of years later to a Susan Wilson with whom he had at least six children, who were George’s half-siblings, including Frederick William Nightingale senior (1866‒1951), Head Porter at King’s College, Cambridge. Askew worked as a railway engine driver and brought up his family at 2 Morley’s Yard, 42 Russell Street and 54 Kingston Street (in Petersfield), Cambridge.
Meanwhile, George also became employed by the railways and worked as a railway porter. George married Ann Elizabeth Challis at St Paul’s, Herne Hill, Surrey on 18 June 1885. She was known as Elizabeth. They both gave their address as 29 Poplar Walk Road but this may have been an address of convenience. He had become a railway signalman by the time of his marriage. The couple had four children including Frederick William Nightingale, George Nightingale and Harry Nightingale. They brought up their family initially in March before returning to Cambridge at 38 Sedgwick Street and then 127 Hemingford Road (both in Romsey Town). George died on 7 December 1931 in Cambridge.
Ann Elizabeth Nightingale (née Challis) (1855–1916)
Ann was born on 28 November 1855 in Duxford, Cambridgeshire. She was one of at least four children born to William Challis and Ann Challis (née Holiday). She was known as Elizabeth. Her father was a publican in Sawston, Cambridgeshire but he changed profession and joined the railways. He first became a railway porter and later a railway gateman for the Great Eastern Railway. Elizabeth married George Nightingale with whom she had four children including Frederick William Nightingale, George Nightingale and Harry Nightingale. Elizabeth died on 19 April 1916 in Cambridge.
George Nightingale (1891–1959)
George was born on 16 September 1891 in March, Cambridgeshire. He was the third of the four children of George Samuel Nightingale and Ann Elizabeth Nightingale (née Challis). George followed both his grandfathers and his father by becoming a railway porter. He married Ellen Louisa Powell in 1919 in Cambridge. George and Ellen had two sons: Laurence Harry (1920–2002) and Eric George (1925–2009). George died on 28 January 1959 in the General Hospital, Rochford, Essex. His last address was 124 Hampton Gardens, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. (See illustration)
Ellen Louisa Nightingale (née Powell) (1891–1959)
Ellen was born on 15 September 1891 in Cambridge. She was the second of the seven children of Theophilus Charles Powell and Louisa Powell (née Stocker). Her father was a carpenter and joiner and he brought up his family on Charles Street, 78 Argyle Street and 70 Thoday Street (all in Romsey Town), Cambridge. Ellen worked as a dressmaker. She married George Nightingale in 1919 in Cambridge with whom she had two sons: Laurence Harry (1920–2002); and Eric George (1925–2009). She died on 4 October 1959 at the General Hospital, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Her last address was 124 Hampton Gardens, Southend-on-Sea.
Harry Nightingale (1895–1916) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Harry was born in 1895 in March, Cambridgeshire. He was the youngest of the four children of George Samuel Nightingale and Ann Elizabeth Nightingale (née Challis) (both of whose deaths are recorded on this grave) of 202 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge. Harry became a book binder. He enlisted as Private (325191) in the 1st Battalion the Cambridgeshire Regiment. He died on 16 February 1918 of wounds received in action.
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939–1945
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
The Sentinel, 9 April 2009
By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent