CFHS code : AG494

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of ALICE MABEL TOPPER d March 11 1908 aged 4 also WILLIAM HENRY TOPPER d April 6 1912 aged 7 also LILIAN GRACE TOPPER d April 22nd 1912 aged 2 also VIOLET RUTH sister of the above the beloved wife of PERCIVAL WINGETT d Nov 23 1943 aged 37

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Urn

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Topper and Wingett headstone March 2018

Monument

Inscription

In Affectionate Memory of ALICE MABEL TOPPER died March 11 1908 aged 4 years

Also WILLIAM HENRY TOPPER died April 6 1912 aged 7 years

Also LILIAN GRACE TOPPER died April 22nd 1912 aged 2 years

“In the midst of life we are in death.”

Also VIOLET RUTH sister of the above the beloved wife of PERCIVAL WINGETT died Nov 23 1943 aged 37 years

 

The four siblings were the children of William and Alice Topper. William Henry Topper [1880-1962] was a stone mason who worked for Layton & Leech of Cambridge.  He was born in Impington, and married Alice Mabel Halls [1879-1965] in 1903 when he was 23 years old.  The family lived at 12 York Street [1911] and later at Devonshire Road [from at least 1930 onwards].   They had at least one more daughter: Gertrude Ethel Jennie  [1911-1994].

 

Alice Mabel Topper (1903 – 11 March 1908)

Alice was the eldest of William and Alice’s children. She was born in Rugby in Warwickshire and died aged 4 years old.

 

William Henry Topper (1905 – 6 April 1912)

William was the only son of William and Alice. He was also born in Rugby, and died just after his seventh birthday.

 

Lilian Grace Topper (1909 – 22 April 1912)

Lilian was born in Cambridge and died just before her third birthday.

 

Violet Ruth Wingett [nee Topper] (10 July 1906 – 23 November 1943)

Violet Ruth Wingett with friends [sitting at front]
Violet was the third child of William and Alice Topper. She grew up at York Street and then Devonshire Road.  She worked as a seamstress and also doing factory work. She married Percival John Wingett [1903-1962] in 1932.  They had two sons: James Topper known as Jim [1935-2018] and one other son.

They lived in Brighton [1935], and Harrow on the Hill [1938] but by 1939 were back living in Cambridge.  In 1939 they were living at 49 Devonshire Road with Violet’s parents.   Violet died in November 1943 at Addenbrookes Hospital. Information from the family say that her death was due to consumption. She was buried with her siblings at Mill Road Cemetery.

Violet’s sons were raised by their grandparents after her death. Family memories indicate that she never recovered from the death of four of her five children so young. Percival [known as Curly] worked as a fireman  in the 2nd World War, and had lung related illness as a result.  He died in Addenbrookes Hospital on 30th January 1962.

 

 

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Alice Mabel Topper; Lilian Grace Topper; William Henry Topper; Violet Ruth Wingett