CFHS code : PL334

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of our dear grandmother MARY ANN LOUISE FRESHWATER d May 31 1936 in her 77 year (sic) also of her son our dear father FREDERICK WILLIAM CHARLES FRESHWATER killed in France August 5 1917 aged 35 kerbs ROBERT REEVE d Nov 17 1889 aged 58 EMILY AMELIA REEVE d Nov 16 1905 aged 61

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

 Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202985, 0.13652345 – click here for location

Freshwater grave
Freshwater monument


Marble headstone, in Art Deco style with cross and floral motif, with kerb stones, in the parish area of St Paul, to the west of the central path, seven rows in.


‘In loving memory of our dear grandmother
Mary Ann Louise Freshwater
who fell asleep May 31, 1936 in her 77[th ] year’

‘Also of her son our dear father Frederick William Charles Freshwater
killed in France August 5 1917, aged 35 years’
“United for ever in the arms of our Lord. R. I. P.”

[kerb stones:]
‘Robert Reeve died Nov 17 1889, aged 58 years’
‘Emily Reeve died Nov 15 1905, aged 61 years’

Frederick William Charles Freshwater (1882–1917)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Frederick was born in 1882 in Cambridge. He was the natural born son of Mary Ann Louise Prime. However, after his mother married, Charles Barron Freshwater Frederick took on Charles’ surname, Freshwater. Frederick was a line etcher. He married Alice Smith on 8 April 1906 at St Mark, Tollington Park, London. They had two children: Dorothy Alice (1907–1997); and Reginald Frederick Charles (1909–1984). The family lived at 67 Moselle Avenue, Woodford Green, Middlesex.

Robert Reeve (1833–1889)

Robert was born on 11 December 1833 in Cambridge. He was one of at least six children born to John Reeve and Sarah Reeve (née Brand). Robert’s father was employed as a tinman and then a coppersmith. Robert was initially a tinman like his father but then became a charge attendant at Caterham Asylum, Surrey. He married Emily Amelia Prime on 5 October 1868 at St Mark, Tollington Park, London. Robert and Emily eventually moved to 4 Shadwell Street, Islington. He died on 17 November 1889 in Islington.

Emily Amelia Reeve (née Prime) (c1845–1905)

Emily was baptised on 1 June 1845 at St Andrew the Less, Cambridge. She was one of at least six children born to Lydia Rebecca Prime and the sister of Mary Ann Louise Freshwater (née Prime). The family lived at Cambridge Place (off Hills Road), Cambridge. Her mother worked as a housekeeper and then a laundress. When Emily was 18 years old she and her friend, Emma Quinn, were nearly caught with two Universitymen by a policeman. They were remanded in custody whilst their mothers were summoned. The story made the local newspaper [click on download: Prime and Quinn Immorality]. Four years later Emily married Robert Reeve on 5 October 1868 at St Mark, Tollington Park, London. For a while she lived with her husband at Caterham Asylum, Surrey where Robert was a charge attendant. After her husband’s death in 1889 Emily lived with her sister, Mary, and worked as a dressmaker at 27 Devonshire Road, Upper Holloway, London. Later she moved back to 8 Cambridge Place. She died on 15 November 1905 in Cambridge.

Charles and Mary Freshwater
Charles and Mary Freshwater

Mary Ann Louise Freshwater (née Prime) (1857–1936)

Mary was born in 1857 in Cambridge. She was one of at least six children born to Lydia Rebecca Prime and the sister of Emily Amelia Reeve (née Prime). The family lived at Cambridge Place, Cambridge. Her mother worked as a housekeeper and then a laundress. Mary married Charles Barron Freshwater on 10 November 1889 at St Paul, Upper Holloway, London. Her natural born son, Frederick William Charles Prime, took on Charles’ surname and became Frederick William Charles Freshwater. Charles was a draper’s porter and then a general labourer before becoming a tramway inspector. By that time they were living at 46 Moray Road, Upper Holloway. Mary and Charles then moved to 88 Morley Avenue, Noel Park, Woodford Green, Middlesex. After Charles’ death in 1930 Mary moved back to Cambridge. She died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge on 31 May 1936.

The War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919

By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

Frederick William Charles Freshwater; Mary Ann Louise Freshwater; Emily Amelia Reeve; Robert Reeve