CFHS code : AS249

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FREDERICK RAYNER d Jan 18 1927 aged 79 also MARY ANN his wife d Feb 19 1929 aged 86 also of ALICE MARY their daughter d Aug 31st 1932 aged 62 and of FREDERICK their son d June 18 1927 aged 55

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Rayner grave
Rayner monument



Frederick Rayner (1847 – 18 January  1927)

Frederick was the son of agricultural worker Samuel Lloyd Rayner and his wife Sarah. He was born in Trumpington and grew up on School Lane. He married Mary Shedd on 28 July 1869 at St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge and they had four children: Alice Mary (1870-1932), Frederick (1872-1927), Horace George (1881-1951) and Archibald Shedd (1883-1955).

Frederick joined the police and rose through the ranks from constable to super intendant.  It is believed that he started with the Cambridge Force in 1864 before joining the County Force.  In 1871 he was stationed in Huntingdon and was promoted to acting sergeant in June 1877.  Newspapers reported ‘through the death of police sergeant Freeman a vacancy occurred in the rank of sergeant in the county police force and we are glad to find that it has fallen upon PC Fredrick Rayner who has been stationed at Huntingdon for a number of years and has proved himself an excellent police officer. Rayner is at present created acting sergeant but in the course of a short time he will no doubt take the full rank’. He was later stationed in Fletton (1881) and had been promoted to Inspector by 1891 when he was stationed  in Ramsey.  The family were living at Priory Road in St. Ives in 1901 and Fredrick was a superintendent.

Frederick Rayner Testamonial

He retired at Christmas 1901 and a presentation was made to him in March 1902. The Mayor said that ‘he believed that everyone could say they were pleased with the way in which Supt. Rayner had done his duty. There were two ways of doing that duty as a policeman. One was by setting everyone at variance with you as a constable and the other was by doing things as pleasantly as possible.  This Supt. Rayner had done’.  Mr Hankin commented that ‘he had likened Supt. Rayner to Sherlock Holmes in his connection with the long firm frauds’.  An illuminated address ‘bound in morocco’  and a purse of £50  in gold was presented to Frederick from the local community. He in turn replied that ‘he had not been a persecutor but a prosecutor which was his duty as a policeman…his heart was too full of words and he felt he could not thank them all sufficiently for their kindness to him’.

Frederick and Mary retired to live at 240 Mill Road and in 1911 were living there with their three eldest children.  He died at Mill Road in 1927.

Mary Ann Rayner (née Shedd) (1843 – 19 February 1929)

Mary was born in Cherry Hinton and baptised there on 18 June 1843.  She was the daughter of Robert and Susan (née Hurry) and her father worked as an agricultural labourer.  Aged 18 Mary was working as a housemaid in Ickleton for William and Caroline Hanchett before marrying Frederick Rayner in 1869. She died at 240 Mill Road two years after her husband’s death.

Alice Mary Rayner (1870 – 31 August 1932)

Alice was the only daughter of Frederick and Mary and was born in Huntingdon. She was baptised at St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s Church in Huntingdon on 6 August 1871. In 1901 she was living in Bicester and working as a domestic servant for farmer William Harris, but then returned to live with her parents in Cambridge.  She lived at 240 Mill Road but died at her brother’s house at 97 Tenison Road.

Alice’s probate records give her date of death as 21 August, but the grave monument uses a different date.

Frederick Rayner (1872 –  18 June 1927)

Frederick was also born in Huntingdon and was baptised on 1 June 1873 at St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s Church. He worked as a miller’s clerk (1891)  an insurance agent (1901) and then again as a miller’s clerk (1911). He lived with his parents and is not believed to have married.



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