CFHS code : MG83

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FRANCIS WILLIAM WILLIAMSON late RSM Royal Norfolk Reg d 2 May 1941 aged 85

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202151, 0.13785912 – click here for location

Williamson grave
Williamson kerb stones


This set of kerb stones are located midway between the central path and the east wall.


In Loving Memory of FRANCIS WILLIAM WILLIAMSON late RSM Royal Norfolk Reg died 2 May 1941 aged 85

Francis William Williamson (28 January 1856 – 2 May 1941)

 Francis was the son of William and Rebecca Williamson. He was born in Norwich, Norfolk and his father was a grocer’s porter. By the age of 15 (1871) he was working as a shoemaker, and living at home with his parents and siblings on Magpie Road, Norwich. In 1873 he enlisted into the army, and served in 31 Brigade. He married Mary Ann Swift (1862-1916) in Limerick, whilst serving. Mary Ann and Francis had twelve children: Francis Joseph (1882-), Mary Ann Rebecca (1885-), Elizabeth Catherine (1887-1978), Gertrude (1889-), Harry Hailey (1891-1953), Evelyn (known as Eva) (1894-), Florence (1895-), Annie (1900-), Percy Archibald (1903-1977), Walter Charles (1905-1967) and two other children who died as infants.

The birth places of the children indicated where Francis served as a soldier – Colchester (1882), Portsea (18850, Aldershot (1887), Gibraltar (1889), Burma (1891-94). He left the army in July 1895 when he was 39 years old and returned to live in Norwich. Francis resumed working as a shoemaker, and in 1901 the family were living at 1 William Street in the city. In 1911 they were living at 57 Botolph Street.   Mary Ann Williamson died in 1916 and Francis was left a widower.

He married Bessie Mabel Burrows (1886-) in Cambridge in early 1917 Bessie was been born and raised in Norwich, and was 31 years old when she married Francis. They had at least three sons together: Alan Francis (1918-1988), Douglas Clement (1923-2006) and Bryan B (1927-).   It is thought that he moved to Cambridge in relation to the 1st World War, and indication is that he was as ‘R.S.M of the late Combatant Staff Barnwell Military Hospital’. The family lived at 37 Maids Causeway, and in 1939 he was described as a retired bootmaker.   He died aged 85 years old.

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

Francis William Williamson