CFHS code : HT48

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : kerbs Sacred to the Memory of CHARLOTTE ANN the beloved wife of ARTHUR WILLIAM PHILLIPS d Nov 7th 1928 aged 67 also ARTHUR WILLIAM PHILLIPS d Jan 16th aged 73 flower holder In Loving Memory of VERA M STRICKLAND

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Charlotte Ann Phillips (née Barrell) (1860 – 7 November 1928)

Charlotte was the daughter of  George and Ann Barrell and she grew up on Mill Road and Cliff Cottage, 169 Gwydir Street (1881).  Her father was a policeman when she was born, but by 1871 was working as a ticket collector for G.E.R..  Charlotte married Arthur Phillips in 1886 when she was 25 years old.  They had two children: Gertrude Charlotte (1888-1970) and William Charles (1893-).  Arthur was a booksellers assistant (and later bookseller) and the family lived at 169 Gwydir Street, her childhood home. Charlotte died aged 67 years old.

Arthur William Phillips (1863 – 16 January 1937)

Arthur was the son of Henry and Sarah Phillips and he was baptised all All Saints Church Longstanton on 7 June 1863. His father was a policeman and he grew up on Norfolk Street.  Aged 18, Arthur was working as a stationer, but he later was a bookseller (1911).  He died aged  73 years old.

Vera May Strickland (24 April 1905 – 1940)

Not much is know about Vera, nor her relationship with Arthur and Charlotte Phillips.  She was born in Cambridge, and aged 5 was living at 47 Russell Street with widow Kate Smith.  Kate ran a lodging house, and Vera was described as a ‘nurse child’ suggesting that she was being paid to look after her.  From at least 1930 onwards Vera lived at 15 Burleigh Street as a lodger with Bertie and Kate Love.  In September 1939 she was working as a college servant.

She appeared in the Cambridge Daily News in December 1939 under the headline of ‘Girl thrown under bus’.   She had been cycling from Drummer Street towards Parker Street when her bike skidded and she fell under a double decker bus.  It was said that she sustained ‘severe injuries to both legs and was conveyed in the Borough Police ambulance to Addenbrookes Hospital where she was detained’. She died in 1940 aged 35 years old.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Arthur William Phillips; Charlotte Ann Phillips; Vera M. Strickland