CFHS code : HS84
Parish : Holy Sepulchre
Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of husband FREDERICK NORGAN d April 1 1924 aged 44 also LILY ELIZA NORGAN d April 29 1943 age 63 from his devoted wife and son
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202326, 0.13814556 – click here for location
In Ever Loving Memory of husband FREDERICK NORGAN d April 1 1924 aged 44
from his devoted wife and son
Also LILY ELIZA NORGAN d April 29 1943 age 63
” … pro…. of the world into the sunshine of God”
Frederick (Fred) Norgan (1880 – 1 April 1924)
Fred was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and baptised at Holy Saviour, Hitchin on 1 April 1880. He was the son of Daniel and Jane and his father worked as a railway fireman. By 1891 the family had moved to live at 6 Geldart Terrace on Mill Road and then at 145 Mill Road (1901). Aged 21 Fred was working as a bricklayer. He married Florence Mary Andrews (1882-1917) in 1906 and the couple lived at 3 David Street (1907).
Fred and Florence had two children: Reginald (Reggie) (1907-1942) and Alice (1913-1913). Florence appeared in front of magistrates in July 1907 applying for an exemption to having Reggie vaccinated. In court ‘she said that her husband was working at Chesterton and was under the impression that either parent could apply and as he did not want to loose his work he had given her instructions to make the application’. The magistrates then had a long discussion as to whether a mother could in fact apply for the exemption. The bench was split in their opinion, but eventually The Chairman and Mr Smith were prepared to sign the certificate.
By 1911 Fred and Florence were running the White Hart on the corner of Hooper Street/Sturton Street. Florence died on 17 May 1917 aged 35 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 21 May (grave unknown). Two hundred people attended the funeral ‘to pay a last tribute of respect to one who will be greatly missed’. The funeral report states Fred’s name as Gunner Norgan R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery), which was a civilian regiment of the Army. Despite being a civilian soldier Fred applied to exemption to conscription in January 1917 on the grounds of ‘serious hardship’, but this exemption was refused. It is thought he served at least some time in the 1st World War.
He married widow Lily Griggs in 1919, and died at the White Hart aged 44 years old.
Florence Mary Norgan (née Andrews) (1881 – 17 May 1917)
Florence grew up at 168 Gwydir Street with her parents Thomas and Martha and siblings. Thomas worked as a linesman for the Post Office and by the age of 19 Florence was working as a tailoress. She married Fred Norgan when she was 25 years old and died in 1917.
Lily Eliza Norgan (née Rash) (4 February 1880 – 29 April 1943)
Lily was the daughter of Cupit and Alice (née Waters) Rash and grew up in Babraham where her father was an agricultural labourer. She married John George Ward Moore (1877-1901) on 23 December 1900 at St. Michael’s Church in Wood Green. John worked for his father’s laundry business in Wood Green and in 1901 Lily was also working in the business. Shewas widowed less than a year after getting married.
Lily returned to Cambridgeshire and in 1911 was working as a cook for Francis and Mary Hudson in Sawston. She married for a second time in 1912 to William Edward Griggs (1881-1912). Francis Hudson was a brewer, and William Griggs worked as a cooper, which is perhaps how they met. However he died less than 6 months after the wedding leaving Lily a widow for a second time.
Her third marriage to Fred Norgan lasted c.5 years and after being widowed went to live at 82 Tenison Road (1930) and then 52 Tenison Road (1935 onwards). She died aged 63 years old.
Reggie Norgan married and went to live in Hitchin (1939) and died aged 35 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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