CFHS code : HT184

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY SHORROCKS d 15 Oct 1924 aged 80 also F W SHORROCKS d 8 Nov 1937 aged 60

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationship: Mother and son

Mary Ann Shorrocks (née Munns)  (1844 – 15 October 1924)

Mary was raised at 6 Willow Place and was the youngest child of Henry and Sarah (née Harrison). Henry Munns worked as a tinman (i.e. he made and repaired items of tin/other metals). Mary marrried Samuel Rayner Shorrocks (1847-1883) on 24 August 1868 at Christ Church, Cambridge and they had eight children: Mary Eliza (1868-1949), Samuel Henry (1870-1954), Sarah Elizabeth (1873-1953), Frederick William (William)  (1877-1937), Julia (1878-1946), Robert (1880-1923) and two further children who died as infants. The family lived at 3 Smiths Court (1871) and 9 Albion Row (1881), and Samuel worked as a printers pressman, Mary as a book sewer.  Samuel Shorrocks appeared before magistrates in Feburary 1880 charged under the Education Act of ‘neglecting to provide sufficient elementary education’ for his children.  He was summoned again in December 1880 for ‘disobeying an order to send his daughter to school’ and was fined 5s plus expenses.

Mary was widowed in January 1883 when Samuel died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and then moved to live at 14 Staffordshire Gardens (1891) and 52 Norfolk Street (at least 1901 onwards).  In 1911 she was living at Norfolk Street with sons William and Robert.

Frederick William  Shorrocks (14 August 1877 – 8 November 1937)

Known as William he was baptised on 23 September 1877 at St. Mary the Great Church. William lived with his mother until her death and never married.  He held a number of jobs through his life:  milkboy (1891), fishmonger’s assistant (1901), painter’s labourer (1911). He enlisted in the army in February 1916 and was documented at that time as being a painter. He served as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery, but was discharged as being physically unfit in April 1917 without having seen overseas service. He lived at 52 Norfolk Street until his death aged 60.



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Frederick William Shorrocks; Mary Shorrocks