CFHS code : PL298

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HERBERT ALFRED NYE d 6 April 1924 aged 50 and of his wife EDITH AGATHA d 18 Sept 1955 aged 80

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Herbert Alfred Nye (29 March 1874 – 6 April 1924)

Herbert was born in Tunbridge Wells, the son of Alfred and Harriet Nye.  Alfred Nye was a furniture dealer and he grew up at 51 Mount Sion, Tunbridge Wells (1881) and 75 Catford Hill, Lewisham (1891). Aged 17 Herbert was living at home and working as a tea broker agent. He had a brief career in the Navy, serving from July 1892 to 11 December 1893.  From his Navy records it is known he was 5ft 6.75″ tall, with grey eyes, sallow skin and dark brown hair.

He married Edith Bowden on 26 March 1898 at St. Crispin’s Church, Bermondsey, and they had at least eight children: Ivy Violet Hilda (1899-1988), Harold Henry (1901-1982), Cyril Walter (1902-1968), Eric Reginald (Reggie) (1904-1980), Winifred Constance (1905-1994), Herbert Alfred Thomas (1909-), Edith Agatha (1912-1974) and Leonard Kitchener (1915-1977). They started married life in Rotherhithe, where Herbert was a tea dealer’s clerk but they had moved to Cambridge by 1909 when son Herbert was born. In 1911 the family were living at 27 Kingston Street and Herbert was working as a ‘motor bus driver’. He is believed to have served as a Private with the Royal Army Service Corps in the 1st World War. Herbert died at home and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 10 April 1924.

Edith Agatha Nye (née Bowden) (10 February 1875 – 18 September 1955)

Edith was the youngest daughter of tailor Walter Bowden and Ann Maria and was born in Bermondey. She was baptised on  25 April 1875.  In 1939 she was living at 219 Coldham’s Lane with three of her children. Daughters Winifred and Edith were both midwives and son Leonard was a travelling evangelist. She lived at Coldham’s Lane until 1946 and then moved to 64 Ditton Fields to live with eldest daughter Ivy and her family.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Edith Agatha Nye; Herbert Alfred Nye