CFHS code : HT464

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ETHEL MINNIE HOBDAY daughter of MATILDA SHORT d 9 July 1917 aged 32 also MATILDA SHORT d 4 May 1921 aged 70 In Loving Memory of BEATRICE M WAYMAN d 24 Sept 1981

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationship: mother, daughter, grand-daughter

Ethel Minnie Hobday (née Short) (1884 – 9 July 1917)

Ethel was the youngest child of Charles and Matilda Short and was born at Redburn Street in Chelsea. Her parents were from Cambridge, but were working in London when she was born. Her father died when Ethel was c.2 years old and the family returned to live at 6 Jesus Lane (1901). She married Cecil James Butler Hobday (1887-1954) in 1908 and they had at least four children: Gwendoline Madge (1908-1994), Beryl Joyce (1910-1995), Kenneth Charles (1914-1970) and Nina Mary (1916-1991).  Cecil was a market gardener/nurseryman who worked for his family nursery at  39 Rock Road. In 1911 the family were living at 69 Maids Causeway.  Ethel died at Hunstanton aged 32 years old after what newspapers described as ‘a long illness patiently borne’. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 13 July.

Cecil Hobday married Constance Ethel Jennings (1889-1981) in 1922. They had one son, and he died at Rock Road in 1954.

Matilda Short (née Carter) (1850 – 4 May 1921)

Matilda was the daughter of James and Elizabeth (née Gad) Carter and was baptised on 25 May 1851. Her father was a publican and grocer, and she grew up at Pound Hill (1851) and then at 35 Shelley Row (1861/1871). She married tailor Charles Short (1852-) in 1872 and they had at least four children: Ernest Charles (1873-1947), Florence Mabel (1877-1938), Percy (1880-1884) and Ethel Minnie.  Florence was born in Cambridge in 1877 but son Percy was born in Chelsea in 1880.  In 1881 the family were living at 29 Redburn Street, where Charles was working as a tailor and Matilda was described on the census as a tailoress.  It is believed that Charles died in Chelsea c.1887 and Matilda returned to live in Cambridge with her three children.   In 1891 they were living at Victoria Road with her widowed sister Elizabeth and Matilda was working as a tailoress. She was not noted with an occupation on the census of 1901.  In 1911 she was living with daughter Ethel and working as a college bedmaker. She died aged 70 years old.

Beatrice Mabel Wayman (née Baker) (4 July 1901 – 4 September 1981)

Beatrice was the daughter of Herbert and Florence Mabel (née Short) Baker and grew up at 29 Alpha Road, and her father worked as an upholsterer. She married Bertram ‘Jack’ Wayman (1899-1933) on 12 August 1918. The couple lived at 69 Maids Causeway but Beatrice was widowed aged 32 years old.  In 1939 she was living at 12 Maids Causeway and running a University Lodging House.  She died at 5 Manor Place, King Street in 1981.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Ethel Minnie Hobday; Matilda Short; Beatrice Mabel Wayman
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