CFHS code : AL36
Parish : St Andrew the Less
Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELLEN LOUISA WYE d July 8 1923 aged 59 also REGINALD son of the above killed in action at St Julien July 31 1917 aged 22
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.204089 0.13811312 – click here for location
This headstone with scroll and carving, with kerb stones, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, is located at the far north end of the cemetery, five rows from the eastern boundary wall.
‘In loving memory of Ellen Louisa Wye
who died July 8 1923 aged 59 years’
‘Also Reginald son of the above
killed in action at St Julien July 31 1917 aged 22 years.’
“The Lord giveth his beloved sleep.”
Reginald Frank Wye (1895‒1917) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Reginald was born in 1895 in Cambridge. He was one of twelve children, of whom only five survived, born to Bertram Wye (also known as Albert Whye) and Ellen Louisa Wye (née Goodenough). By 1911 Reginald was working as a van boy. Reginald enlisted in Cambridge as Private 3494, Cambridgeshire Regiment. He then became Private 326274, Cambridgeshire Regiment. He was killed in action at St Julien, Belgium on 31 July 1917.
Reginald’s older brother, enlisted in the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment. At the time of his enlistment he was a grocer’s assistant. He was wounded and taken prisoner in France after just over two years’ service. Their younger brother, Ernest, also enlisted and was a Lance Corporal for the Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Ellen Louisa Wye (née Goodenough) (c.1864‒1923)
Ellen was one of at least seven children born to James Goodenough and Ann Goodenough. She was born in about 1864 at sea near St Helena (USA?). Her father was born in Cambridge but he was a recruiting sergeant. He lived in a variety of places from St Ives in Hampshire where Ellen’s eldest sister, Margaret, was born in 1856, to Saugor, Bengal, India where Ellen’s eldest brother, James, was born in 1860.
By 1865 the family had returned to Cambridge and by 1871 James was an “out” Chelsea Pensioner (one who did not live at the Chelsea Royal Hospital) and the family were living at 1 Granta Place, Cambridge. Ellen’s mother had been born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In 1881 Ellen was living at 47a Broad Street, Cambridge, with her sister, Margaret, and Margaret’s natural born children (Alice, Edwin and Sidney); and her brother, James. Her sister was working as a dressmaker and her brother was working as a tailor.
Ellen married Bertram Wye (also known as Albert Whye) (1865‒1935) in 1889 in Cambridge. They had twelve children of whom only five survived: Gladys Mary (1891‒1975), Frederick Harold (b 1893), Reginald Frank (1895‒1917), Ernest Basil (1896‒1976) and Beatrice Ivy (b 1899). In 1911 the family were living at 69 Norfolk Street. Bertram was working as a carman. Four of the five children were working: Gladys as a tailoress; Harold as a shop assistant; Reginald as a van boy; and Ernest as an errand boy. Ellen died on 8 July 1923 in Cambridge.
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War Graves Photographic Project
1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 England census
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916‒2007
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UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914‒1919
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Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 15 November 1917
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 16 November 1917
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 1 August 1919
Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 21 December 1921
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 31 December 1920
By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent