CFHS code : MG132

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EDITH WINIFRED VAIL d 1st Feb 1913 aged 18 also WILLIAM ROBERT VAIL d 21st Oct 1929 aged 69 also DORA VAIL 1864 – 1940

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202119, 0.13816489 – click here for location

This inscription on the front kerb was missed during the first survey.
Dora Vail inscription
This double grave set almost entirely covered by vegetation is on the edge of the east path.
Vail monument


This double grave set, almost entirely covered by vegetation, is on the edge of the east path.


Edith Winifred Vail (1894 – 1 February  1913)

Edith was the eldest daughter of William and Dora Vail and died aged 18 years old. After her death her parents put a notice in the Cambridge Independent Press which read ‘Mr and Mrs Vail wish to thank all relatives and friends for their great kindness and sympathy shown them in the great loss they have sustained’.

William Robert Vail (1860 – 21 October 1929)

Advert from 1892

William was the son of William and Emma (née Collings) and was baptised on 30 December 1860 at St. Andrew the Great Church.  He grew up at 6 Earl Street (1861/1871) and then 24-26 Corn Exchange Street (1881) and William became a blacksmith like his father and grandfather before him. He married Dora Greenwood on 4 September 1890 at All Saints’ Church and they had two daughters: Edith Winifred and Constance Nellie (1898-1986). The family lived on Searle Street (1891) and then at Winhurst, 3 Victoria Park (at least 1901 onwards).  William worked as an ironmonger/general smith and ran the family business on Corn Exchange Street. He died in Fulbourn aged 69 years old.

Dora Vail (née Greenwood) (17 July 1864 –  4 February 1940)

Dora was the daughter of Dennis and Maria and was baptised at St. Mary the Great Church on 22 August 1864.  Her father was a baker and she lived at 8 Guildhall Street, before moving to 59 Rhadegund Buildings, Jesus Lane (1881) where he later ran a Lodging House.  Dora married William when she was 26 years old and after she was widowed went to live at 6 Willis Road with daughter Constance and her family. She died at Willis Road aged 75 years old.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Dora Vail; Edith Winifred Vail; William Robert Vail