CFHS code : HT497

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELLEN KIMMENCE d 3 Oct 1920 aged 57 also husband NOAH KIMMENCE d 20 Dec 1941 aged 78 also LORIS MAY KIMMENCE d 3 Feb 19[05] aged 1 year 9 months also of LCE CPL TED KIMMENCE killed in action 12 May 1915 aged 20

Monument : Slab/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201929 0.13771674 – click here for location

Kimmence monument

Monument

This ground slab with kerb stones, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located midway between the central path and the eastern path.

Inscription

[slab:]
‘In loving memory of Ellen Kimmence
died October 3 1920 aged 57 years’
‘Also husband Noah Kimmence
died December 20 1941 aged 78

[kerb stones:]
‘Also Doris May Kimmence
died February 3 19[05] aged 1 year 9 months’
‘Also of Lce Cpl Ted Kimmence
killed in action 12 May 1915 aged 20’

Ted Kimmence (16 January 1895 – 12 May 1915)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Ted Kimmence

Ted was born in 1895 in Cambridge. He was the third of four children born to Noah Kimmence and Ellen Kimmence (née Glazin). Before war service, Ted had been a gas fitter with the Cambridge Gas Company. His brother Stanley was a cement tester at the Cement Works, and his sister, Elsie, a tailoress. Ted enlisted in  Cambridge and he became a Lance Corporal (1915) in the 1st Battalion, the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

He was shot by a sniper in northern France on 12 May 1915, aged 20. Ted’s commanding officer Lieut. K.H. Hopkinson wrote to his parents to say ‘I am grieved to have to inform you of the death of your son, which occurred this morning in the trenches.  He was shot through the head, and died almost at once without suffering pain. In him the company has lost one of its best soldiers and most popular men, and his loss will be keenly felt by every officer and man.  He was an invaluable non-commissioned officer, his courage and cheerfulness leading him willingly to undertake the most difficult and dangerous work. He died, as he had lived doing his duty, for it was while fixing a board to mark a dangerous place in the trench that the death from which he would have saved others overtook him. I myself as his platoon commander had a deep respect for your son. He will be buried tonight on a little hill behind the lines, and I shall read the Burial Service over his grave’.

A memorial service was held for Ted on 27 May 1915 at St. Philip’s Church, Mill Road. The Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘a large congregation’ which included Ted’s manager Mr Auchterlonie from the Cambridge Gaslight Company and  fellow employees. The Vicar  (Rev. Essex) said that the service was to make everyone feel like they were ‘taking part in the funeral of their late comrade. They had not been able to help those brave soldiers on that little hill in France, but they felt they were doing something to help in holding that service which would, to some extent, soothe sorrow and the grief of the bereaved family who loved him so well’. Ted had attented St. Philip’s church since a young boy and been part of the Sunday School, choir and bible group.  Mr Auchterlonie spoke of Ted being a credit to the Gaslight Company and always ‘anxious to learn all he could’.  Rev. E.C. Essex spoke of Ted’s ‘young, pure life, so bright and brave and true’.

Ted Kimmence is commerated at the Poelcapelle British Cemetery in Belgium.

Noah Kimmence (c1863–1941)

Noah was born in about 1863 in Withersfield, Suffolk. He was one of at least three children born to Edward Kimmence and Anna Kimmence (née Braybrook). His father was an agricultural labourer and brought up his family in Withersfield. Noah married Ellen Glazin in 1888 in Cambridge. They had four children: Stanley Frederick (1891–1927), Elsie Dorcas (1892–1963), Ted (1895–1915), and Doris May (1903–05). Noah worked as a joiner and carpenter.

The family lived at 18 Broad Street (off East Road) before moving to ‛Clare House’, 17 Romsey Road, Cambridge when it was built in 1898. Ellen was born in Clare, hence the name of their address. The Kimmence (Kimmance; Kemmence) family were the occupants of the Romsey Road address continuously from 1898 until the early 1970s. From 1930 Noah and Ellen’s daughter, Elsie, lived there with her husband Horace Cecil Lambert (1894–1973), accountant, and the latter continued to occupy it after her death in 1963 until 1972. Noah died on 20 December 1941 in Cambridge.

Ellen Kimmence (née Glazin) (1863–1920)

Ellen was born in 1863 in Clare, Suffolk. She was one of at least three children. Before her marriage Ellen worked as a jacket maker at Eden Road, Haverhill, Suffolk. Ellen married Noah Kimmence in 1888 in Cambridge. They had four children: Stanley Frederick (1891–1927), Elsie Dorcas (1892–1963), Ted (1895–1915), and Doris May (1903–05). Ellen died on 3 October 1920 in Cambridge.

Doris May Kimmence (1903–1905)

Doris was born in 1903 in Cambridge. She was the youngest of four children born to Noah and Ellen Kimmence (née Glazin). She died on 3 February 1905 in Cambridge aged 1 year and 9 months.

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeGasCompany.html
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeGuildhall-WW1-K.html
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
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

Newspaper archives

Private communication from Allan Brigham

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent (with some additional information by Claire Martinsen)

Ellen Kimmence; Loris May Kimmence; Noah Kimmence; Ted Kimmence