CFHS code : HT385
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of VIOLET EMILY SIMMONDS d April 8 1915 aged 15 GEORGE FREDERICK SIMMONDS d July 14 1920 aged 68
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Relationship: Father and daughter
Violet Emily Simmonds (1899 – 8 April 1915)
Violet was known as Queenie and was the daughter of George and Emily (née Line) Simmonds. She grew up at 19 Union Terrace (later Mawson Road) and went to St. Barnabas’ Girls’ School and St. Barnabas’ Sunday School. Queenie died at home aged 15 years old and her funeral took place at St. Barnabas’ Church on 13 April.
George Frederick Simmonds (1861 – 14 July 1920)
Born in Weston Colville, George was the son of Charles and Elizabeth (née Gilby). Charles was an agricultural labourer and he grew up at Church End Cottages in Weston Colville. George joined the Cambridge police force and in 1881 was lodgign at 16 Brandon Place. He married Sarah Ann Hector (1855-1896) later that same year and the couple lived at 180 Sturton Street. Sarah Simmonds died in 1896 and he then married Emily Line (1863-)in 1898. The couple had two daughters: Queenie and Elsie Mary (1900-1995) and lived at 19 Union Terrace/Mawson Road.
George retired from the police in 1908 and then worked as custodian of the Cherry Hinton Liberal Club. He collapsed at his allotment at the back of the Great Eastern Railway sheds and died the following day at his home in July 1920. His obituary said he had been in the police force for 25 years and had been promoted to sergeant in 1894. It was reported ‘he was one of the most popular men in the Force, and it is said that he never had an enemy. He was for some time captain of the Borough Police cricket team and was an extremely keen player at bowls. At cricket he was in his element’. A fellow police officer P.C. Wade said of George that ‘with his kindly disposition and his willingness to help where he could , he was a father to any young recruit’.
His funeral was held on 19 July at St. Barnabas’ Church and six policemen carried the coffin. Many serving and retired police officers attended the service. His wife Emily and daughter Elsie left a wreath at the graveside which read ‘In token of remembrance, from broken-hearted wife and daughter’.
Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS
by Claire Martinsen
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