The FOMRC History Group is indebted to the work of the Cambridge Family History Society who painstakingly recorded and mapped the inscriptions in the Cemetery in the early 2000’s.

The work was led by Alan Bulwinkle and John Jennings who kindly gave FOMRC full access to their data.  Alan died last year; Gill Shapland who wrote this tribute has given us permission to publish it here. We do so in gratitude to him and all who assisted the project.


Alan was born in London in 1921. He read History at Oxford before joining the Army. His career included working as a District Commissioner in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) before returning to England, to Cambridgeshire, where he worked for the Regional Health Authority including work on the planning and administration of the new Addenbrookes. He died 12 October 2019.

Alan was a founder member of CFHS. He was Vice-chairman 1977-1993 and created an honorary member in 1993. He led the society’s team that recorded many of the monumental inscriptions in the county and obtained plans and made special trips to several places to encourage other organisations to participate. Committee member David Edwards in particular remembers his tips on how best to do it at Doddington.

I remember Alan from my days with Cambridgeshire Archives where he was one of the first customers I met. Already over 70, he would turn up on his moped with an old-fashioned cork crash helmet. He spent long hours checking burial registers to winkle out additional information to improve his cemetery transcriptions. He was possibly 80 when I persuaded him to create a plan for the recording of memorials at Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge – a mammoth task ably taken on by John Jennings when the scale of the task required a regular team over a number of years.

All the staff of the time enjoyed his visits – perhaps particularly his annual Christmas trip bearing either a box of chocolates or a tin of biscuits! We regret we had lost touch in his last few years but his work will not be forgotten.

contributed by Gill Shapland

A tribute to Alan Bulwinkle