CFHS code : ED103

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of HERBERT VICTOR RODELL d 25 Oct 1943 aged 52 also beloved wife LILY RODELL d 21 Jan 1959 aged 65

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203178, 0.13676689 – click here for location

Rodell headstone April 2017


This monument is three rows east of the west path and appears to be intact, but obscured by a tree that grows from the centre of the grave set.


‘In Ever Loving Memory of HERBERT VICTOR RODELL
who passed away 25 Oct 1943 aged 52 years
Also his beloved wife LILY RODELL
who passed away Jan 21st 1959 aged 65 years’

Herbert Victor Rodell (28 January 1891 – 25 October 1943)

Herbert was the son of Arthur and Eliza Rodell, and the brother of  Arthur Joseph (1885 – 1912), Sidney Percy (1894-1929), Edith Sarah (1883-1954) and Violet May (1895-1913).  He was born in Cambridge and grew up at 131 Catherine Street (1891) and then Belgrave Road (1901/1911).  Arthur Rodell worked as a railway signalman, and Herbert followed him to become a railway clerk.  He was working as a clerk by the age of 20 (1911).

He married Lily Gilbert in 1919 and they had at least one child: Betty Patricia (1925-2005).  In 1939 Herbert was living at 48 Coleridge Road, and working as a railway telegraph clerk.  He died at Coleridge Road aged 52 years old, leaving an estate valued at £1,795 6s 4d.

Lily Rodell (nee Gilbert) (6 September 1893 – 21 January 1959)

Lily grew up at 78 Kingston Street, and was one of the four children born to Alfred and Esther Eliza Gilbert.  Alfred worked as grocer’s assistant.  In 1911 aged 17 Lily was working as a domestic nurse.  She married Herbert Rodell when she was 25 years old.   She was widowed aged 50 years old, and continued to live at 48 Coleridge Road.  She died there in January 1959 aged 65 years old.



by Claire Martinsen

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Herbert Victor Rodell; Lily Rodell