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Herbert and Jessie Burrell with their son Eric

8 (4) Newmarket Road

History of 8 Newmarket Road


Mary Ann Allen, 30, proprietor of houses and fundholder, b Cambridge

1891 (4)

John Parkinson, 35, boot and shoe maker, b Longstanton, Cambridgeshire.  Before his marriage, John was a cellarman and boarded at 45 Bridge Street, the home of William Collingwood, General Shopkeeper.  That shop front can be seen today at the Museum of Cambridge.

Mary Elizabeth Parkinson, 33, b Sutton, Isle of Ely

Kathleen Avis Parkinson, 7, scholar, b Cambridge.  Kathleen is working as a Kitchen Maid at 1 St.Peter’s Terrace in 1901.

Ethel Ann Parkinson, 5, scholar, b Cambridge. Ethel died in 1894.

Lionel Desmond Parkinson, 3, b Cambridge. Lionel served with the 7th (Service) Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment during the First World War.  He was reported Missing on the 14th January 1918, then, on the 11th February reported as having been taken prisoner during the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917.  After his release he arrived back in England on the 28th January 1919. [Picture of 7th (Service) Batt. on18 Oct 1917]

Phyllis Jessie Parkinson, 4 months, b Cambridge

This family have moved to 5 Gifford Place by 1901.  John is again working as a cellarman.

Mary is buried in Mill Road Cemetery with her children Kathleen and Stanley.  There is more information about the family on the Mill Road Cemetery website.

1901 (4)

Emily Catherine Backler, 33, school mistress, b Cambridge.
The Ely Diocesan “Examination of Pupil Teachers and Monitors in Religious Knowledge” results were published in the Cambridge Independent Press 15th December 1883. Emily was 15 at the time and was in the First Year of Pupil Teachers. She gained a third class result.

Clara Jane Backler, sister, 39, housekeeper, b Cambridge

Mary Sophia Bright, sister, widow, 41, bedmaker, b Cambridge
The three sisters are together with their parents in 1891 living at 2 James Street. Mary was already a widow at that time. In September 1927 there is a report of her funeral in the Saffron Walden Weekly News. Her name is now Mary Kent, and her husband, John Jasper Still Kent is among the mourners. It records that she was employed at Emmanuel College.  She is buried in Mill Road Cemetery with her sister Clara.

Charles Beaumont Bright, nephew, 16,  solicitor’s clerk, b London

May Ethel Bright, niece, 13, b London

Emily and Clara move to 48 Abbey Road by 1911.  Emily continues to teach and May is living with them, employed as a shorthand writer and typist.  The three of them are still at Abbey Road in 1921, which records that Emily works at East Road Infants School.

Emily is buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

1911 – 1936

Charles Henry Parsley, 53, fire brigade fireman, b Norwich.
Cambridge Electoral Registers record Charles living at this property from 1911 until his death in 1927, he previously lived on Auckland Road.

Emma Parsley (nee Hall), 50, b Cambridge

Alice Parsley, 30, b Cambridge. Census records that she was partially paralysed,

Winnie Parsley, 20, hosiery machinist, b Cambridge. Winifred married Charles Lloyd and they moved to 222 Victoria Road.  By 1939, Emma was living next door to them with a Housekeeper.

Leslie Parsley,  14, b Cambridge

Gladys Parsley, 12, b Cambridge

On the day of the 1911 census, Charles and Emma’s two daughters, Jessie and Elsie May, were visiting Herbert Walter Burrell at the house he lodged at, 43 Shoebury Road, East Ham. Jessie and Herbert were to marry in 1912 at the church of St Andrew the Less, Cambridge.

See Mill Road Cemetery entry

Herbert Burrell enlisted in the King’s Rifle Corps. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme on 23rd July. His body was never found but a packet of family photos was recovered from the body of a German soldier.

Leslie Victor PARSLEY – War Service Records
1st Nov 1914 – enlisted, aged 18, employed as an ironmonger’s assistant. Joined the Royal Army Medical Corps & posted to the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge.
31st Dec 1914 – 3rd Feb 1915 – in hospital with appendicitis.
5th Jun 1915 – late to Parade, three days confined to barracks.
4th Sept 1915 – 1st Jun 1917 – serving in Malta.
1st Jun 1917 – embarked for Salonika with no.63 General Hospital.
9th Jun 1917 – disembarked in Salonika. (Map from 1918 showing positions of medical units. no. 63 is in the north on the Durbend Pass)
20th Aug 1917 – a medical note from after the war gives this as the date that Leslie contracted malaria ‘from the climate’.
26th Jan 1918- Transferred from 63rd General Hospital for Infantry Training at Base Training School.
2nd Feb – ‘joined and taken on strength’.
2nd Mar – ‘Compulsively transferred from the R.A.M.C. to Wiltshire Regt. And posted for duty to the 7th Batt. With effect from 1/3/18 under Army Order…’ the rest of the line is missing from the document.
The 7th (Service) Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment were stationed in Salonika when Leslie transferred.
Jun – The 7th returned to France.
1st Jul – The 7th arrived in Serqueux, Normandy.
16th Jul – The 7th is attached to the 150th Brigade (Northumbrian Division)
23rd July – Leslie has had leave granted and is now back in England.
5th Aug – admitted to Hospital with boils on his neck. Transferred 1st Eastern General Hospital on the 9th of August, during this time, they suspect he has contracted malaria.
17th Sept – Transferred to the War Hospital in Guildford with definite malaria. (Picture here and here.)
24th Oct – examined and declared ‘unfit to re-join’ at some point he is sent to Hill House V.A.D Guildford.
While Leslie is in Hospital, the 7th is taking part in the Battle of the Hindenburg Line and the Final advance in Picardy
29th Nov – discharged from hospital.
What happened after his discharge is missing. The documents say that this information has been lost. The 7th ‘was relieved from the line and moved into billets around Flourcies & Monceau’. Their demobilisation process lasted from mid-November until the 19th of March 1919. Leslie was demobbed on 24th February 1919, so it is likely he returned to the 7th (Service) Battalion.

1921 Census Entry
Charles Henry Parsley, 63, Fire Brigade Fireman for the Cambridge Corporation. Out of Work.
Emma Parsley, 60, Housewife.
Alice Emma Parsley, 40, Home Duties.
Winifred Parsley, 30, Knitting Machinist for the ARC Knitting Company on Abbey Walk.
Leslie Parsley, 23, Ironmonger’s Assistant for Laurie & McConnal on Fitzroy Street. Out of Work.
Frederick Ede, boarder, 29, b Ramsgate. Tailor’s cutter for G.H. Jacob, Tailors & Outfitters of 35 Burleigh Street.

Charles died in 1927 and is buried in Mill Road Cemetery with his daughter Alice, who died in 1936.


Eric J Broom

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 & 1921 UK Census, Prisoners Of War 1715-1945, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers, Cambridgeshire Marriages, The Long Long Trail, Forces War Records,


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