CFHS code : HS20

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In unfailing love and remembrance of CHARLES WILLIAM AVORY b July 12 1864 d Feb 22 1908 and of REBECCA AVORY beloved wife of the above d April 23 1939 age 75

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon :  52.202409, 0.13752027 – click here for location

Avory headstone May 2018



In unfailing love and remembrance of CHARLES WILLIAM AVORY born July 12th 1864 died Feb 22nd 1908

” Boast not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring”

And of REBECCA AVORY beloved wife of the above died April 23rd 1939. Aged 75 years

Charles William Avory (12 July 1863 – 22 February 1908)

Charles was the son of  John and Sarah Ann Avory and his John Avory worked as coal dealer. Charles was baptised on 6 April 1864 at St. Paul’s Church and married Rebecca McMullen in Eastbourne in 1887.  They had four children: Ethel (1888-), Charles John Neal (1891-1965), Algernon William Hoad (1894-1968) and Cecil Ailwyn Naylor (1896-1979).  Initially they lived at 69 Carlyle Road and William was recorded as  working as an auctioneers clerk (1891) and then as a coal merchant (1896).  By 1901 the family were living at 4 Parsonage Street and Charles was  recorded on the census of that as being a clerk to  a public company (known to be the Star Brewery Company Ltd).

By 1904 they had moved to Albert House, 2 Round Church Street where the couple ran a Lodging House/apartments. He died at Round Church Street aged 44 years old.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported that he ‘had been confined to his bed for about a week, and death resulted form pneumonia and bronchitis’.  He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 24 February. The funeral was attended by the ‘Chairman and Directors of the First Peers’ Building Society of which Mr Avory had for a long time been the Secretary’.

(The dates on the inscription appear to be incorrect.  Charles was born in 1863 not 1864 and the inscription on his coffin read 12 July 1863.  His probate records document that he died on 21 February, not 22 February)

Rebecca Avory (née McMullen) (1863 – 23 April 1939)

Rebecca was born in Eastbourne and grew up on the sea front.  She was the daughter of  Neal and Elizabeth (née Hoad) McMullen. Both her parents were Irish, and Neal worked as a ship’s carpenter having previously served in the Navy.  She married Charles Avory when she was 24 years old and after being widowed continued to run the Lodging House at Round Church Street (1911).  She later moved to 21 John Street, before moving to live with her bank manager son  Cecil and his family in Hitchin.  She died at Cecil’s home at 3 High View aged 76 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 26 April 1839.



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Charles William Avory; Rebecca Avory