CFHS code : MC2

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of WILLIAM BROUNCKER POWLETT THRING d 10 June 1931 age 46 also his wife FLORENCE ADELAIDE GILLOTT THRING d 25 June 1932 age 67

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202544 0.13799507 – click here for location

Thring grave
Thring headstone


On the eastern boundary of the parish halfway between the centre circle and the east pathThe inscription is still intact but the headstone is not always easy to find.



Died 10 June 1931 age 46 years 

Also his wife FLORENCE ADELAIDE GILLOTT THRING died 25 June 1932 age 67 years

William Brouncker Powlett Thring (7 July 1884 – 10 June 1931)

William was born into a military family. His father was William Powlett Thring, a major in the Royal Artillery and his mother was Gertrude Amelia Thring.  He was born in Trowbridge, and baptised there on 9th August 1884.

In 21st February 1907 he married Florence Gowan at St Andrews Church in West Kensington.  He was a professional soldier, and was in the British Army for 9 years. In 1911 he was a Lieutenant in the 24th (Heavy) Artillery and living at the Woolwich in the garrison.

By 1917 William and Florence were living in Wellington, New Zealand – it is thought they emigrated around 1913. In New Zealand he was also a serving soldier, and was called up for the World War in February 1918. In WW1  he was a Captain in the New Zealand Field Artillery – he was discharged from the army in September 1919.

In 1919 he and Florence were listed as living in Trentham, Otaki,  Wellington, and he is recorded as retired.  It is not known when the couple returned to England, nor why they settled in Cambridge.  In 1930 they were both living at Rose Crescent.  William died there at the age of 46 years old.  He is buried at Chertsey in Surrey with his parents.

Florence Adelaide Gillott Thring (nee Gowan) (c.1865 – 25 June 1932)

Little is known of Florence – except she was the daughter of James Gowan who was a ‘gentleman’ [sic]. She was nearly twenty years older than her husband William Thring and was 42 years old when she married him in 1907.  At the time of the marriage she was living at 11 Gainsborough Mansions in London.

She was widowed aged 66 years old, and died a year later in 1932 at 74 Chesterton Road. She was 67 years old, and was living at 124 Milton Road.



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Florence Adelaide Gillott Thring; William Brouncker Powlett Thring