CFHS code : HT384b

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear husband ARTHUR RAYNER d Jan 15 1921 aged 44 also of VIOLET ELSIE youngest daughter of above d May 30th 1917 aged 9

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Arthur Rayner (1876 – 15 January 1921)

Arthur was the son of William and Susan (née Yaxley)  and grew up at 6 Carter’s Yard, Castle Street (1881) and 1 Gloucester Passage (1891). His father was a bricklayer’s labourer and aged 14 Arthur was working as an errand boy. He married Fanny Elizabeth Cooper in 1901 and by that time he was working as a boatman/boat builder. The couple had two children: Emily Elizabeth (1901-1966) and Violet Elsie (1908-1917). They started married life at 7 Salmon Lane (1901), and then lived Robinson Crusoe Island, Sheep’s Green (1911) where he worked for Sarah Dolby. He served as a Private with the Labour Corps in the 1st World War and then returned to live at Robinson Crusoe Island where he died aged 44 years old.

Violet Elsie Rayner (1908 – 30 May 1917)

Violet was the younger daughter of Arthur and Fanny. She died at Robinson Crusoe Island aged 9 years old.



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Arthur Rayner; Violet Elsie Rayner