CFHS code : PL129a

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : IM F OWEN W TOWNSEND d December 10th 1906 aged 18 also GILBERT TOWNSEND died in France 1915 aged 25 also EMILY TOWNSEND d January 31st 1927 aged 73 also WILLIAM HENRY TOWNSEND d July 31st 1942 aged 87

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202518 0.13625499 – click here for location

Townsend grave
Townsend monument


This set of kerb stones with flower-holder, is in the parish area of St Paul, to the east of the western path four rows back. This monument was assigned to the parish of St Benedict’s church by the CFHS survey.  However the grave register places the grave in St Paul’s Row 8 grave 1.


[based on transcript of the Cambridgeshire Family History Society:]

‘In memory F. Owen W. Townsend
died December 10th 1906 aged 18’

‘Also Gilbert Townsend died in France in 1915 aged 25’

‘Also Emily Townsend died January 31st 1927 aged 73’

‘Also William Henry Townsend died July 31st 1942 aged 87’

Gilbert Townsend (1889–1915)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Gilbert was born on 4 September 1889 in Cambridge. He was the youngest of four children born to William Henry Townsend and Emily Townsend (née Jarrold). He was educated at The Perse School, Cambridge where he was admitted on 14 September 1903. After leaving school Gilbert was employed as a banker’s clerk. He enlisted in London as Lance Corporal (768) in the 5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment. Gilbert died in action on 13 May 1915 at the Battle of Ypres.

William Henry Townsend (1855–1942)
William was born in 1855 in Longstanton, Cambridgeshire. He was one of at least six children born to Henry Townsend and Edith Townsend (née Chapman). William was baptised on 8 August 1858 at All Saints, Longstanton. Both his paternal grandfather and father were blacksmiths and William followed in their footsteps. His mother, Edith, was employed by his paternal grandfather as a live-in general servant, and so it is likely that this is how his parents met. The family grew up in Longstanton.

William married Emily Jarrold in 1882 in Newmarket. The couple moved to Cambridge and had four children: Agnes Mary (1883–1968); Harold Charles (1884–1961); Frederick Owen W. (1888–1906); and Gilbert (1889–1915). The family lived at Rothsay House, Alpha Road; 8 Hills Road; and then 134 Tenison Road (Petersfield), Cambridge. William not only changed his location but also his employment when he moved to Cambridge. He became a wine merchant’s clerk and then a college butler. William died on 31 July 1942 at the Grove Nursing Home, Hills Road, Cambridge.

Emily Townsend (née Jarrold) (1854–1927)
Emily was born in 1854 in Newmarket. She was one of at least five children born to Charles Jarrold and Alice Jarrold (née Bocock). Her father was a post lad, who brought his family up in Shagbag, Newmarket. Emily married William Henry Townsend in 1882 in Newmarket. They had four children: Agnes Mary (1883–1968); Harold Charles (1884–1961); Frederick Owen W. (1888–1906); and Gilbert (1889–1915). Emily died on 31 January 1927 in Cambridge.

Frederick Owen W. Townsend (1888–1906)
Frederick was born in Cambridge in 1888. He was the third of four children born to William Henry Townsend and Emily Townsend (née Jarrold). He was known as Owen and died on 10 December 1906 in Cambridge.

Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
Pelican Roll of Honour (December 1916)

Information kindly provided by the following institution: The Perse School, Cambridge

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Emily Townsend; Gilbert Townsend; F. Owen W. Townsend; William Henry Townsend