CFHS code : PL268

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : BEATRICE ELIZABETH LE FANU b Nov 21 1871 d Jan 2 1936 LMB Aug 16 1901

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in September 2021.
The monument in September 2021.


This tiny headstone nestles behind the column of the Browne family 2 rows west of the central path and roughly 10 metres from the south path. Ivy and a  large laurel bush makes it difficult to access. The inscription is carved into the stone and still quite clear.


Nov 21 – Jan 2 1
1871         1936
L M B Aug 16 1901

We have do not  know what  L M B might refer to.

Beatrice Elizabeth Le Fanu (née Lamb) (21 November 1871 – 2 January 1936)

Beatrice was born in Chelsea and was the daughter of William and Mary. Her father was a school teacher at the Royal Military Academy on the Kings Road, Chelsea.  The school was for children of soldiers and Beatrice was living there in 1881 with her parents and two siblings. By 1891 William Lamb had died and the family were living at 24 Glebe Place in Chelsea.  She married Henry Edward William Le Fanu (1871-1927) at the Catholic Church – Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge on 1st July 1900.  Henry had been born in Ireland and was son of William Joseph Henry Le Fanu, a lawyer/judge who served extensively in India.  It is thought that Beatrice and Henry met through her brother Charles George Lamb (1867-1941) who studied at Clare College and later worked at the University as a lecturer in electrical engineering (1903-1921).

Henry Le Fanu worked as a civil engineer, and the couple are thought to have lived overseas for most of their marriage.  In the annual directory of UK Civil Engineers Henry’s address was most often listed as being in Charleroi, Belgium, although sometimes at 77 Glisson Road. Henry Le Fanu died in Brussels, Belgium aged 55 years.  His probate was arranged by Grindlay and Co Ltd, a London based bank who dealt with the British army and business community in India – suggesting that Henry must have worked there during his life.

Beatrice lived at 75 Glisson Road from at least 1935 onwards.  Her mother and brother Charles lived at number 65 on the same road and she died at home aged 64 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Beatrice Elizabeth Le Fanu