CFHS code : HT493

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES LILLEY d 4 Sept 1914 aged 56

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Charles Lilley (1858 – 4 September 1914)

Charles was born in Great Chesterford, a village ten miles south of Cambridge and baptised there on 12 September 1858. He was the son of agricultural labourer George and Eliza and grew up on Low Street in Great Chesterford.  Charles married Julia Matilda Franklin (1859-1951) in 1880 and they had ten children Edith Jane (Edie) (1881-1931), Charles Frederick (Charlie)  (1884-), Ernest Beard (Ernie)  (1887-1957), Frank Albert (1890-1979), Albert Edward (Bert) (1894-1961), Frederick George  (Fred) (1896-1933), Rose Mabel (1900-1976) and a further three children who died as infants.  They lived at 31 Charles Street (1891) and then 97 Sedgwick Street (1911) and Charles worked for Great Eastern Railway  as a railway cleaner (1881), fireman (1891) and engine driver (by at least 1911).

Charles died as a result of an accident at work aged  56 years old and his death was subject to an inquest.  His son Charlie gave evidence that his father was a strong and healthy man.  Charles was working on the  Haverhill line and had left the engine for a few minutes.  Whilst he was away the train had started to leave and Charles began to get into the engine compartment whilst the train was moving (something which was common practice the inquest heard).  He fell whilst mounting and although the fireman who was working alongside him applied the brakes immediately his leg was crushed by the ‘tender’.  The inquest heard that he had probably come in contact with a passing truck whilst mounting which had caused him to slip.  Charles was put on a Cambridge bound passenger train and brought to Addenbrookes Hospital but died there later in the day. Dr. Malham of Addenbrookes Hospital told the inquest that the damage to the leg was severe and Charles had died of shock, although he was conscious until he died. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

His funeral took place on 9 September at the Mill Road Chapel and was attended by many of his fellow workers from G.E.R.



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Charles Lilley