CFHS code : HT474

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : TTBMO TOM CHILD b March 10 1853 d March 11 1913 also his wife LOUISA CHILD b Feb 1st 1850 d June 29th 1941 and ELIZABETH REEVE d July 2nd 1933 aged 87

Monument : Stone cross & kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The Child/Reeve Monument
Monument before restoration
This monument was restored in November 2016.
Monument after restoration.


This stone cross with kerb stones, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located on the west side of the eastern path near the south-eastern corner of the Cemetery.

This monument was restored with money from the FOMRC and the City Council in 2016.


east face

‘To the beloved memory of  Tom Child born March 10 1853

At rest March 11 1913’

“Where I am there shall my servant also be.”

north face

Also his wife Louisa Child born Feb 1st 1850 died June 29th 1941.’

“At Rest”

south face

‘And Elizabeth Reeve died July 2 1933 aged 87 years’

Relationship: Husband,  wife and wife’s sister

Tom Child (10 March 1853 – 11 March 1913)

Tom was the son of Thomas and Harriet Child and was born in St. Ives which is a village between Cambridge and Huntingdon.  Thomas Child was a grocer and draper and Tom grew up in Fen Stanton where his father ran a shop on the High Street. He married Louisa Reeve on August 9th 1876 at Holy Trinity Church.

Tom was a linen draper and the couple lived at 12 Glisson Road (1901) and then 18 Petty Cury (1911) where he ran a store called ‘Child & Cork’. Tom was  vice-president of the C.E.Y.M.S and church warden of Holy Trinity Church. The couple did not have any children, and Tom died at Petty Cury the day after his 60th birthday. He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 14 March.

A tribute to him was made at the last Holy Trinity Men’s Service of the session on Sunday 6 April 1913.  The Rev. Lawrence called Tom ‘a very dear friend..who took such an interest in the men’s services.  He was one of the first to join when the men’s services were started…and ever since held in his heart an interest and delight in them.  He had gone to be with Jesus’.

Louisa Child (née Reeve) (1 February 1850 – 29 June 1941)

Louisa was the daughter of Thomas & Frances (Fanny) Reeve.Her father was a joiner/builder and she grew up at 12 Downing Terrace. In 1871 she was living with her parents and siblings at 3 St. Tibb’s Row and was working as a milliner. She married Tom Child when she was 26 years old.  In 1939 she was living at 5 Tenison Avenue and was noted as being incapacitated.  She died at Tenison Avenue aged 91 years old.

Elizabeth (Lizzie)  Reeve (c.1846 – 12 July 1933) 

Lizzie was the eldest daughter of Thomas and Fanny Reeve and Louisa’s sister. She did not marry and in 1881 was living with her cousin Joseph and Sarah Conyers in Moor Road in Leeds.  Joseph was a farmer and shoe manufacturer. In 1901 she was living at 8 Beech Grove in Harrogate with Sarah Conyers, who by this time was a widow.  Lizzie was described as Sarah’s lady’s companion.

She then returned to live in Cambridge and in 1911 was living with Tom and Louisa on Petty Cury.  She died at the Devonshire Nursing Home on Tenison Avenue aged 87 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Louisa Child; Tom Child; Elizabeth Reeve