CFHS code : PL31

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : side 1 CHRISTOPHER GELDARD b Sep 29 1884 d May 16 1939 STEPHEN H GELDARD b Aug 2 1896 d March 11 1940 side 2 [Capt] JOHN GELDARD b Dec 4 1865 d Aug 20 1918 side 3 JANET STUART GELDARD wife of ———– b ——- d ——– side 4 HUMPHREY GELDARD ——– d [1887] CHRISTOPHER GELDARD b 13 March 185[3] d July – 1897

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201785, 0.13674394 – click here for location

Geldard grave
Geldard monument
John Geldard inscription
John Geldard inscription


Stone cross with kerb stones in the parish area of St Paul, located close to the the south boundary wall, to the south of the southern path eight rows before the central path and the boundary line with Holy Trinity. The inscription is in places indecipherable.

[east face:]

Janet Geldard inscription
Janet Geldard inscription

‘Christopher Geldard
born Sep 28 1884 died May 16 1939’
‘Stephen H. Geldard
born Aug 2 1896 died March 11 1940’

[south face:]
‘Capt John Geldard
born Dec 4 1885 died Aug 20 1918’

[north face:]
‘Janet Stuart Geldard wife of [Christopher]
born [24 May] 1863 died [17 Nov] 1950

John Geldard (1885–1918)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

John was born on 4 December 1885 at Brooklands Villa, Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge. He was baptised on 24 January 1886. John was the second of the six children of Christopher Geldard and Janet Stuart Geldard (née Humphry). Like his father and his older brother, Christopher, he attended Giggleswick School, Yorkshire. He entered there in September 1900 and left in December 1902.

Christopher Geldard (1858–1897)

Christopher was born on 13 March 1858 in Rathmell, Yorkshire. He was one of at least seven children of Christopher John Geldard and Frances Ann Geldard (née Openshaw). His father was a solicitor and brought up his family in Giggleswick, Yorkshire and then Cappleside House, Rathmell, Yorkshire. Christopher was initially privately educated by a governess at home before attending Giggleswick School where he was a day boy. His two sons, John and Christopher also attended Giggleswick School. Whilst at Giggleswick Christopher was in the 1st XV Football team. He left school in July 1877. Christopher then obtained an Exhibition in Mathematics in 1875. He was admitted as a pensioner at Trinity College, Cambridge on 31 May 1877. He matriculated in Michaelmas 1877 and became a scholar in 1880. Christopher obtained his BA in Mathematics in 1881 and graduated as 26th Wrangler. He obtained his MA in 1884. He was a private ‘coach’ in Cambridge before becoming an Inspector of the Royal College of Science in the Birmingham district.

Christopher married Janet Stuart Humphry on 18 December 1883 in the Parish Church, Kensington, London. They had six children: Christopher (1884–1939); John (1885–1918); Humphry (1887–1887); Stuart (1889–1958); Joan Openshaw (1892–1967); and Stephen Humphry (1896–1940). The family initially lived at Brooklands Villa, Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge.

In 1892 Christopher was a Councillor for Trinity Ward. In 1893 he narrowly missed out on being elected Esquire Bedell, junior ceremonial officer, at the University of Cambridge: (See Bedell Election) Christopher died on 8 July 1897 at 9 Pakenham Road, Birmingham.

Christopher Geldard obituary 1897

Janet Stuart Geldard (née Humphry) (1863–1950)
Janet was baptised at St Matthew’s, Bayswater, London on 24 May 1863. She was the fifth of seven children born to Joseph Thomas Humphry and Jessie Oliver McNab. His father undertook articles of clerkship with a solicitor but later became a barrister. Janet grew up at 21 Westbourne Terrace and 26 Princes Square in Paddington, London. She married Christopher Geldard on 18 December 1883 at the Parish Church, Kensington, London. They had six children and initially lived at Brooklands Villa, Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge. The family then moved to 9 Pakenham Road, Birmingham.

After her husband’s death in 1897 Janet moved from Birmingham to The White House, High Street, Great Chesterford. This was equidistant between Cambridge and Saffron Walden, where her brother, Perceval Humphry, was the schoolmaster at Wenden Lofts Hall School, Essex. According to travel documents in 1921 Janet was 5 foot 8 inches and had fair complexion, light brown hair and blue eyes. Janet died on 17 November 1950 at Horses Norton-sub-Hamdon, Somerset. Her last known address was 35 Cole Park Road, Twickenham, Middlesex.

Christopher Geldard (1884–1939)

Christopher was born on 28 September 1884 in Cambridge. He was the eldest of the six children born to Christopher Geldard senior and Janet Stuart Geldard (née Humphry). Christopher was educated at Giggleswick Grammar School, Yorkshire, where his father and younger brother, John, were also educated. He left school in December 1901. On 29 July 1904 Christopher became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery and then Lieutenant of the 47th Battery Royal Artillery, Preston exactly three years later.

During the War he served in France and Belgium as Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Garrison Artillery with the 2nd and 38th Divisions, and 8th Corps. On 30 October 1914 he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and on 16 September 1916 to that of Major. Between 1915 and 1919 Christopher was part of the General Staff and he was based at the War Office when his younger brother, John, died on 20 August 1918. Christopher was mentioned in dispatches four times. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) and 1914 Star for his services. After the War Christopher continued to serve the Army. He was with the 14th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, Colchester in 1921. However, at some point he emigrated to South Africa where he died on 16 May 1939 at the Tempe Isolation Hospital, Bloemfontein.

Humphry Geldard (1887–1887)

Humphry was born in 1887 in Cambridge. He was the fifth of six children of Christopher Geldard and Janet Stuart Geldard (née Humphry). Humphry died aged six months on 24 September 1887 at Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge.

Stephen Humphry Geldard (1896–1940)

Stephen was born on 2 August 1896 in Birmingham. He was the youngest of the six children of Christopher Geldard and Janet Stuart Geldard (née Humphry). He was educated at Marlborough College. During the First World War he was wounded in 1915. He served as Second Lieutenant, a Machine Gun Officer of the 3rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. He was awarded the 1914 –1915 Star, the British War medal, and the Victory medal. He was also awarded the Military Cross (MC) on the 4 June 1917. After the War in 1919 Stephen was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge but never graduated. He died on 11 March 1940 at 35 Cole Park Road, Twickenham, Middlesex. (See Stephen Geldard medals)

War Graves Photographic Project
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England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
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London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
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The Times, Thursday, 14 March 1940
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London Gazette, Issue 30386, 16 November 1917
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Information kindly provided by the following institutions: Trinity College, Cambridge; Giggleswick School; Craven Community Projects Group; and Lawrences Auctioneers.

By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

Christopher Geldard; Christopher Geldard; Humphrey Geldard; Janet Stuart Geldard; John Geldard; Stephen H. Geldard