CFHS code : PL401

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory ZENAS RYDER d Feb 7th [1903] aged 38 FRED son of the above who fell in action at Houtlines Armentieres June 3rd 1915 aged 19

Monument : Headstone (fallen and broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20216 0.13689364 – click here for location

Ryder grave
Ryder monument


Headstone, fallen and broken, now near-indecipherable, in the parish area of St Paul, to the west of the central path


‘In loving memory Zenas Ryder
died Feb 7th [1903] aged 38’

‘Fred son of the above
who fell in action at Houplines Armentières
June 3rd 1915 aged 19’

Frederick Ralph Ryder (1896–1915)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Frederick was born in 1896 in Cambridge. He was the younger of two sons born to Zenas Ryder and Bertha Elizabeth Ryder (née Parsley). He was known as Fred or Freddy. Fred was baptised on 2 August 1896 at All Saints, Cambridge. Fred grew up at 63 Jesus Lane and then 9 Tenison Avenue, Cambridge. He was educated at the County Boys’ School, Cambridge. He was a member of Church of England Young Men’s Society (CEYMS) and took part in athletics. Shortly after the War began Fred joined up as Lance Corporal (2074) of the 1st Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment. He was shot in the head by a sniper during the afternoon while working in the trenches on 3 June 1915 at Houplines, Armentières, France. He died within an hour.

Zenas Ryder (1862–1902)
Zenas Ryder was born in 1862 in Cambridge. He was the fourth of five children born to Joseph Ryder and Rebecca Ryder (née Denson). Zenas married Bertha Elizabeth Parsley in 1889 in Cambridge. They had two sons including Frederick Ralph Ryder. Zenas was a tailor and worked in the family business with his father, Joseph Ryder, and his older brother, Ezra Ryder. Zenas died on 7 February 1902 in Cambridge. His last known address was 9 Tenison Avenue, Cambridge.

Ryder and Amies, 22 King’s Parade, Cambridge
Ryder and Amies is located at 22 King’s Parade, Cambridge. It is the main outfitter to the University of Cambridge but historically it was a gentleman’s tailoring and robe making shop. Today it is still run by descendants of the Amies family. In fact it was Joseph Ryder who founded the original company, then called Ryder and Co in the middle of the nineteenth century. Joseph was born in 1831 in Masham, Yorkshire the eldest child of William Ryder and Mary Ryder (née Day). His father had started life as a mechanic at a flax mill before rising to being the foreman and then the Master employing twenty men, thirty-two boys, forty-three women, and forty-seven girls.

Joseph, along with all four of his brothers, followed their father into the flax trade. He was apprenticed to a Thomas Buckle, a tailor, living in College Lane, Masham. Once Joseph had finished his apprenticeship his younger brother, Thomas, and he moved to Cambridge and set up business as tailors during the 1850s. Joseph met and married Rebecca Denson (c1829–1902), a dressmaker, in 1854 in Cambridge. They had five children: Anna Bithiah (1855–1927); Clement Hauxwell (1858–?); Ezra (1860–1910); Zenas (1862–1902); and Jessie (1864–?). Initially, Joseph worked as a tailor for another tailor, Charles Vinter, before starting his own business at 29 Green Street, Cambridge employing seven men and two boys. Joseph was also a local Wesleyan Methodist preacher. The family then moved to Croft Cottage, Barton Road, but the business remained in central Cambridge at 21 and 22 King’s Parade by which time they employed eighteen men and seven boys. Joseph maintained his links both with his family and Yorkshire returning to live at Royal Villas, Harrogate, Yorkshire and then Nutwith House, Richmond, Yorkshire in later life. His sons, Ezra and Zenas, remained in Cambridge and continued working in the family business. By 1896 the company had taken on a partner, Edward William Amies (1862–1941), and it was re-named Ryder and Amies. Joseph died on 17 August 1900 in Richmond: [click on download: Funeral of Joseph Ryder]
Joseph Ryder funeral

Joseph’s sons, Zenas and Ezra, carried on with the business after their father’s death. Ezra married twice but had no children. Zenas had two sons: Basil Hauxwell (1893–1957); and Frederick Ralph (1895–1915). In 1913 Ryder and Amies was one of a large number of Cambridge businesses, who petitioned the Mayor to grant an extra day’s holiday at Christmas: [click on download: Ryder & Amies Christmas Holiday]
Ryder and Amies Christmas Holiday
Joseph Ryder’s grandsons (the sons of Zenas Ryder) did not have any children. Fred did not marry and died during the First World War, and Basil and his wife, Dorothy Ryder formerly Donisthorpe (née Fleming) emigrated to South Africa. Thus ended the Ryders’ link with the company. The Amies family continued to have a hand in the business. Gordon Amies (1914–2002) and his wife, Wilhelmina James Amies (née Shaw 1914–2006) were partners. Gordon was the grandson of the original partner, Edward William Amies (1862–1941). Then Gordon’s daughter, Carol Chamberlain (née Amies 1940–2005), and her husband, Ivan Chamberlain (1932–2003) took on the business. Today it is run by Carol’s sons, Tony and Steven Chamberlain.

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
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
Kelly’s Directory, Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Independent Press, Saturday, 17 October 1857.

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Frederick Ralph Ryder; Zenas Ryder