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47 Hills Road (2 Eastbourne Villa), St Bernard’s

History of 47 Hills Road


(Eastbourne Villas)

John Deighton, 50, General Practitioner MRCP, born Soham

Adelaide Eliza, 40,

Frederick, 16, born Cambridge

Adelaide Mary, 13, born Cambridge

Alfred A, 8,

Charlotte Stubbings, 25, housemaid, born Gt Wilbraham

Martha Pilgrim, 20, cook, born Gt Wilbraham

Jane Harding, 14, under housemaid, born Barrington


(2 Eastbourne Villa)

Adelaide E Deighton, wife, 48, surgeon’s wife, born Norwich

Adelaide M Deighton, daughter, 22, born Cambridge

Alfred A Deighton, son, 18, born Wales

Charlotte Stubbings, servant, 35, housemaid, born Gt Wilbraham


(St Bernards)

Frederick Deighton, General Practitioner

Louisa E

Francis J

Frederick M


Dorothy L

Edward F

Winifred E

Anna S Fisher, 72, mother in law, born Sri Lanka

Margaret Hossack, cook, 23, born Lincs

Elizabeth Garner, housemaid, 28, born Willingham

Emily Holmes, nurse, 30, born Berks

Bertha E Pylaw, 18, under nurse, born Essex


Frederick Deighton, 46, surgeon, born Cambridge

Louisa E, 47, born Cambridge

Francis J, 16, born Cambridge

Frederick M, 15, born Cambridge

John, 13, born Cambridge (died of wounds 1916)

Dorothy L, 12, born Cambridge

Edward F, 11, born Cambridge

Winifred E, 10, born Cambridge

Gerald William, 8, born Cambridge (killed in action 1916)

Margaret E, 6, born Cambridge

Martha Pain, 39, cook, born Swavesey

Emily E Taylor, 20, housemaid, born Cambridge

Esther Jackson, 24, housemaid, born Barton



Louisa Ellen


Dorothy Lilian

Margaret Evelyn

Florence Elizabeth Barker, 25, housemaid, born London

Ada Matilda Salisbury, 32, cook, born Cambridge

Edith Mary Carnell, 16, housemaid, born Enfield


Frederick Deighton, M.A., M.B. hon. surgeon to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He retired in 1919.

Frederick Deighton (1854-1924) was a graduate of Peterhouse College and St George’s Hospital. He also worked at the Hospital for Diseases of the Throat, Golden Square. In 1883 he returned to Cambridge to take over his father’s practice after he had died in an accident. He established an Ear, Nose and Throat Department at Addenbrookes and then took over the Gynaecological Department.

Gerald William Deighton MC and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour: Captain, ‘D’ Company, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Ovillers 3rd July 1916. Aged 23. Awarded Military Cross (M.C.) and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Scholar of Eton College, and of King’s College, Cambridge. Classical Honours degree, B.A. 1914. Son of Louisa Ellen Deighton, “Little St. Bernard’s”, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge, and the late Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Deighton (R.A.M.C.) Surgeon, Cambridge. Also resident at 47, Hills Road, Cambridge. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panels 1C & 2A. See also Cambridge Guildhall (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)

John Deighton: Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps attached 1/5th King’s Own, Royal Lancaster Regiment. Died of wounds 19th September 1916. Aged 29. Son of Louisa Ellen Deighton, “Little St. Bernard’s, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge, and the late Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Deighton (R.A.M.C.) Surgeon, Cambridge. Also resident at 47, Hills Road, Cambridge. Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Plot IV. Row F. Grave 19. See also Cambridge Guildhall (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)

Sir Vernon Brown

This plot later became part of the Highsett development. The Highsett Chronicle 2014 records that Frederick Deighton lived at 47 from 1871 to 1926. He was followed by Miss Mary Catley headmistress of the Perse Girl’s School from 1926 to 1947. She lived at no. 47 with Air Commodore versos Brown until 1930. After that the house was largely unoccupied until its demolition in 1957. Vernon Brown was a pioneer of air crash investigation.

The three Deighton daughter, Dorothy, Winifred and Margaret, all went to the Perse School for Girls. In 1914 Winifred and Margaret joined the Red Cross as VAD nurses in Cambridge. Dorothy joined the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and went to France to take up a role in the intelligence dept. of the Army because of her German language skills.

For more detail about the three sisters see:



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