CFHS code : HT55
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE HAYMAN TROTMAN d 18 May 1913 aged 66 also AGNES his wife d 3 Jan 1927 aged 80
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
George Hayman Trotman (1847 – 18 May 1913)
George was the son of Edward and Elizabeth (née White) and was born in Tytherington, two miles south east of Thornbury, Gloucestershire. His father was a blacksmith and George worked as a gardener. In 1871 he was living in Henbury, just north of Bristol and working as a gardener’s labourer. He married Agnes Godfrey on 28 May 1874 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Stoke Bishop, Bristol and they appear to have moved to Cambridge soon after getting married. The couple had seven children, all of whom were born in Cambridge: William George (1875-1956), Alice Maud (1877-1882), Edith Mary (1879-1964), Agnes (1882-1946), Ada Emma (1883-1978), Sydney (1886-1915) and Albert (1888-1955).
George Trotman worked as a domestic gardener and the family lived at Brooklands Lodge, Avenue Road (later known as Brooklands Avenue). It is thought he worked as a gardener at Brooklands House, which was owned by George Edward Foster, of Foster’s Bank. Eldest daughter Alice died in July 1882 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 5 years old. Son Private Sydney Trotman was a clerk, and joined the 2/3rd Royal Fusiliers in December 1914. He left for Eygpt in April 1915 and died of heatstroke at Khartoum in June 1915. Sydney was buried in Khartoum and his officer wrote to Agnes to say ‘Your son was a good man and soldier and will be deeply missed by officers and men alike’.
George Trotman died ‘suddenly’ at home and an inquest was held into his death. His son Sydney said that his father was in good health, and had gone out for a walk on the morning of his death. He had had a good dinner and had then gone for an afternoon nap in the sitting room. Agnes went into the sitting room around 4pm and had been unable to rouse him. The post mortem found ‘he had a disease of the kidneys and of the heart. He died of heart syncope. The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes’.
Agnes Trotman (née Godfrey) (1846 – 3 January 1927)
Agnes was born in Little Shelford, and baptised there on 6 September 1846. She was the daughter of Edward and Mary, and her father was a wheelwright, her mother a laundress. Aged 14 she was assisting her mother with her laundry business, before moving to Brentry House, Henbury in Bristol where she was a parlourmaid in the household of solicitor Henry Mead King and his wife Caroline. She married George Trotman when she was 27 years old and after being widowed went to live at 35 Norwich Street.
by Claire Martinsen
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