CFHS code : HT187

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FLORENCE ELIZABETH a devoted wife and mother SIMPKINS d 14 July 1939 aged 61 also WALTER JAMES SIMPKINS beloved husband of above d 25 June 1940 in 61st year

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Florence Elizabeth Simpkins (née Saberton) (1877 – 14 July 1939)

Florence was born in Witcham, a village west of Ely and was the daughter of Henry and Sarah (née Read) Saberton. Henry (1854-1889) was a farm labourer and she grew up on the High Street of nearby Sutton. Florence married Walter Simpkins on 27 September 1904 at St. Mary’s Church, Ely and they had six children: Beryl (1904-), Florence (1906-1946), Charles Henry (1908-1978), Walter James (1910-1959), Herbert Harold (1912-1978) and Ralph (1915-1922). Walter worked for Great Eastern Railway (G.E.R.) as a platelayer and they lived in Ely, where their first three children were born, before moving to Whittlesey (1911) and then 166 Gwydir Street (at least 1918 onwards). Florence died at Gwydir Street aged 62 years old (although her grave monument states 61 years) and her funeral took place on 18 July. The service was held at St. Barnabas’ Church.

Walter James Simpkins (14 May 1880 – 25 June 1940)

Walter was born in the village of Coveney, north west of Ely and wa the son of Charles and Rebecca (née Maltpress). Charles was a farm labourer and he grew up on the High Street, Witcham (1891). By 1901 the Simpkin famly had moved to to Parade Lane, Ely and Walter was working for G.E.R..  In 1939 he was living at Gwydir Street with daughter Beryl and was documented as ‘Chief perm way inspector L.N.E.R.’ He died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the summer of 1940.



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Florence Elizabeth Simpkins; Walter James Simpkins