CFHS code : HT159

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SAMUEL SHINN d 24 Dec 1924 aged 63 also his wife JULIA SHINN d 12 Feb 1935 aged 70 also their nephew HERBERT CHARLES SHINN d 11 Sept 1926 aged 27

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Samuel (Sam) Shinn (1861 – 24 December 1924)

Sam was born in the village of Hawkedon, seven miles south east of Bury St. Edmunds and was the son of Hezekiah and Jane. His father was an agricultural labourer, and by 1881 the family had moved to live at 1 Eden Place.  Aged 19 Sam was working as a bricklayer’s labourer. He married Julia Andrews in 1883 and they had eleven children: Nellie (1883-1950), Private Arthur Samuel (1887-1914), Joseph Henry (1889-1914), Mabel (1891-1942), Alice Elizabeth (1893-1971),  Florence (1895-), Private Ernest Charles (1898-1917), William (1901-1984), Percy (1904-1971), Elsie Magdalen (1905-1973) and one further child who died as an infant.

Private Ernest Charles Shinn (1898-1917)

The family lived briefly in Melton Mowbray, where daughter Mabel was born in 1891, but had returned to live in Cambridge by the time  daughter Alice was born in 1893. They lived at 54 Catharine Street (at least 1906 onwards) and Sam worked as a builder’s labourer.  Two of their sons were killed in the 1st World War – Private Arthur Shinn was in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and was killed on 8 November 1914 at the Battle of Mons.  Private Ernest Shinn was part of the Rifle Brigade and was killed by a bomb in April 1917. Sam died at Catharine Street and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 30 December 1924.

Julia Shinn (née Andrews) (1864 – 12 February 1935)

Julia was born in Chrishall, twelve miles south of Cambridge and was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann (née Pigg). Samuel Andrews was an agricultural labourer and she grew up in Christhall (1871) and then  18 Castle Street (1881).  Before marrying Sam Shinn she was a domestic servant and Julia also died at Catharine Street.

Herbert Charles Shinn (1899 – 11 September 1926)

Herbert was the son of Joseph (Joe)(1871-1947) and Kate Madeline (née Taylor) (1867-1955).  Joe was an insurance agent for the Liverpool and Victoria Friendly Society and Herbert grew up at 117 Mill Road (1901) and 35 Ross Street (1911). He died at Ross Street and ws buried on 16 September 1926.

Sam’s father Hezekiah Shinn (1834-1915) was also buried at Mill Road Cemetery but his grave has not yet been found. His funeral took place on 27 May 1915 at the Salvation Army Citadel and he was said to have been ‘one of the oldest members of the Salvation Army’.



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Herbert Charles Shinn; Julia Shinn; Samuel Shinn