Laurence Humphry
Laurence Humphry

Laurence Humphry (1856–1920), Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps, served at the First Eastern General Hospital 1914–19. He died on 5 February 1920; it is not clear that his death resulted directly from the war, but he is included in the War Graves Photographic Project. This is his only grave.

Laurence’s nephew, John Geldard, also died in the War whilst serving as a Captain in the Plymouth Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marines.

Laurence was born on 16 July 1856 in Richmond, Surrey. He was the second of the seven children of Joseph Thomas and Jessie Oliver Humphry (née McNab). He was baptised on 17 September 1856 at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond. His father undertook articles of clerkship with a solicitor but later became a barrister. Laurence grew up at 21 Westbourne Terrace and 26 Princes Square in Paddington, London. He was educated at Haileybury, Hertfordshire. He was admitted as a pensioner at Trinity College, Cambridge on 11 August 1873. He obtained his BA in 1877, his MA and MB in 1880 and his MD in 1891. He obtained his MRCS in 1879 and his FRCP in 1903.

Laurence then undertook a number of roles during his medical career. He became a House Surgeon at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London; Resident Medical Officer at the London Chest Hospital; and Physician to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He also held a number of teaching posts at Cambridge University including Teacher of Pathology in 1884, Lecturer in Medicine between 1901 and 1911, and Examiner of Medicine on several occasions. He was President of the Cambridge Medical Society between 1899 and 1900, and of the Huntingdon Branch, British Medical Association. In addition he was an author of medical books including A Manual of Nursing: Medical and Surgical, first published in 1895 and still in print.

Laurence married Isabella Lucy Stokes in 1889 in Cambridge. They did not have any children. They lived at 3 Trinity Street and then Lensfield House, Lensfield Road, Cambridge. During the War Laurence served in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Lieutenant-Colonel. He was awarded the CMG (Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and St George). He was also entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal. Laurence died on 5 February 1920 at Cambridge. [See download: obituary.]
Laurence Humphry obituary

Humphry grave
Humphry headstone



Lat Lon : 52.202313, 0.13736930 – click here for location

Parish : St Mary the Great

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The War Graves Photographic Project
Cambridge First Eastern Hospital Roll of Honour (with photographs)
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
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
Who’s Who

Note: This grave was located and recorded by the Sixth-formers of the Parkside Federation, Cambridge on 14 November 2012.

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Laurence Humphry