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Great Malvern Cemetery

Tour 3

Anglican chapel and Lambert memorial

Looking west towards the Anglican chapel.

This tour lists memorials recorded in March 2015. Click to return to Menu of tours

The tall stone cross which dominates the section of the churchyard shown in the photograph above is a memorial to Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert, Baronet (1822 - 1872) and other members of his family (which is numbered 1 on the plan on the first page). The memorials to Jenny Lind, Edward Chance and the Speer family are to the left, out of picture.


The family of Ebeneezer Lloyd-Jones

Robert Edwin Holden

Rev William Povey

The Lambert memorial

The family of Ebeneezer Lloyd-Jones

A group of three memorials is in memory of private school teacher Ebeneezer Lloyd-Jones, his wife Margaret, and two of their sons, one of whom was killed in WWI. The memorials lie some distance to the left of the path from Wilton Road to the chapel.

Lloyd-Jones family memorials

Ebeneezer and Margaret Lloyd-Jones

The inscription below the stone cross reads:

Ebeneezer Lloyd-Jones

Who on October 11th 1922

in his eighty sixth year fell asleep.

After he had in his own age

served the will of God.

Yea saith the spirit, that they may rest

from their labours

and their works do follow them.

Also in loving memory of

Margaret Lloyd-Jones

Beloved wife of the above

The bottom of the inscription, probably giving the date of Margaret's death, is now hidden below the soil.

Ebeneezer Lloyd-Jones came to Great Malvern in later life and about 1901 aged 63 set up a private school for young gentlemen at Priory Park Mansion, now the Council House.

We know of four children, Ernest, Leontine Elise, Edward Harold and Percy Arnold.

Ernest Lloyd-Jones became a medical practicioner. He married Constance Mary Brookes, the daughter of a surgeon, at Chepstow in 1901 eventually settling in Cambridge.

Leontine Elise never married and taught at The Priory school, and Cherbourg private school on the Wells Road; also possibly at Abbotshill in Abbey Road where her parents had lived.

Edward took over The Priory School from his father, but died shortly after in London leaving a widow and a daughter. His memorial is a stone cairn next to his parents. The inscription reads:

Edward Harold Lloyd-Jones

Died June 7th 1912

Aged 39

Memorial to Edward Harold Lloyd-Jones

Lt Col Percy Arnold Lloyd-Jones

Memorial to Percy Arnold Lloyd-JonesYoungest son Percy Arnold Lloyd-Jones (1877 - 1916) educated at Manchester Grammar School and Cambridge, trained as a doctor like his elder brother and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, becoming Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services.

Sadly Lt Col Percy Arnold Lloyd-Jones Distinguished Service Order, Royal Army Medical Corps, mentioned in dispatches twice, died from wounds in France on 22nd December 1916.

His memorial, next to that of his brother, reads:

In memory of Lieut Colonel

P A Lloyd-Jones DSO


Aged 40 years

Killed in action Dec 22nd 1916

He rests at the British

Cemetery Warlincourt Halte

Cruelly, his parents, who lived at Abbotshill in Abbey Road, Great Malvern, were told of their sons death on Christmas Day.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website lists him such:

Order of the Crown of Italy.

Born at Brooklands, Cheshire. Son of Mr and Mrs Lloyd-Jones, of Abbotshill, Great Malvern, Worcs.


Queen's South African Medal (3 clasps); Italian Red Cross Medal for services in the Messina Earthquake (1908); British Red Cross Medal, Balkan War (1912-13).

He clearly led a distinguished life, in the time allotted to him, and helped many people.

Robert Edwin Holden

A family memorial records Robert Edwin Holden, another casualty of the Great War, his parents and a brother.

Memorial to Robert Edwin Holden

The inscription on one side reads:

In memory of

Robert Edwin Holden

Killed in action August 1917

Also Fanny Ellen Holden

wife of William Holden

Died May 30th 1928

The CWGC database records that Robert Edwin Holden, Private 20443 7Bn East Surrey Regiment, died on the 9th August 1917 in France aged 21 years and that he was the son of Fanny E S Holden of St Albans, Golf Common, Malvern and the late William Holden. His name is on the Arrass memorial.

The reverse of the memorial records the death of William Holden and another son Charles Arthur Holden.

Grave of William and Charles Holden

The inscription reads:

In memory of my beloved husband

William Holden

who died Dec 9th 1915

aged 60 years

Also of Charles Arthur

son of the above

who died Feb 14th 1909

The 1911 census recorded William Holden, a railway guard, living at 1 St Albans, Golf Common, Malvern with his wife Fanny Ellen Sophia, and children Ethel a dressmaker aged 20, Frederick George a golf caddy aged 19, Robert Edwin aged 14 at school, and Albert aged 11. The census records they had been married 37 years and had 11 children of which 8 were still living.

Charles Arthur Holden, a Railway Clerk, died aged only 22 years. At that time there was a railway station at the southern end of Peachfield Common known as Malvern Wells and a branch line running through Upton upon Severn to Ashchurch. American wounded were met by ambulances at Malvern Wells during WWII.

Charles' brother Frederick George Holden served with the Royal Navy at an accounting shore establishment known as HMS President II and at an RN depot at Port Said. His former occupation was stated as Golf Professional, a reminder that there were once golf links on Peachfield Common.

The Worcestershire Golf Club was formed about 1880, and a course laid out on Peachfield Common above and below the railway line about 1883. The Club House at the top of Longridge Road is now a private residence. About 1925 the Golf Club purchased land at Woodfarm where the golf course is now. We have been told that the old links on the common below the railway line were ploughed up in WWII to grow food.

Rev William Povey

To the south west of the cemetery buildings is the grave (numbered 7 on the plan) of Rev William Povey founder of the Baptist Church in Abbey Road.

Grave of Rev William Povey

The inscription reads:

In very dear and honoured memory of my beloved husband

The Rev William James Povey MA

Founder and Minister of the Malvern Baptist church

Passed on November 26th 1936 aged 73 years

His companionship was complete, his leadership inspiring

His friendship generous, his ministry courteous.

And of Annie Girling

his beloved, and devoted wife

who followed March 6th 1950

William was the youngest son of Henry Povey, a merchant, of Fortescue Lodge, Enfield, Middlesex and Mary Ann Bacon. He was born at Middlesex on 2nd December 1863. Educated Merchant Taylors School and Cambridge. BA 1884; MA 1888. Baptist Minister at Great Malvern, 1889-1919. Secretary and Treasurer of the Worcester Baptist Association. Married, 1896, Annie Girling, daughter of Jabez Garrard, owner of a plumbing and painting business, of Enfield.

In 1891 William was living at Fonthill lodging house in Abbey Road, yards from the Hay Well Bath site where the Baptist Church was being built. Also staying at Fonthill at that time was Eliza Jane Romney the great grand daughter of the painter George Romney, whose story we tell on another page.

In 1911 William was living at 'Pembroke' in Priory Road with his wife Annie and one servant. Married 14 years they had no children. At the time of his death he was living at 'Sutherland' in Abbey Road next to the Walmer Lodge.

The family line seems to have been continued by William's sister Alice Frances Povey who married George Stanley Crouch (1855 - 1940); George was a banker's clerk and seems to have been associated with the merchant bank Samuel Montangu and Co which had interests in South Africa where he died. The couple had five children Stanley Ivor Evelyn, Richard Posey, Kathleen, Horace Winterly and Harold Armstrong.

William's youngest nephew Harold Armstrong Crouch born 1890 trained as a doctor and served with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Later, Medical Inspector, Upper Nile Province, Sudan, OBE 1929. Order of the Nile (3rd class) 1937. You can read more about his military career on the website RAMC officers of the Malta Garrison.

Harold Armstrong Crouch OBE, Military Cross, MRCS, LRCP, DPH, late of Kenya, died at London in 1947.


The Lambert memorial

The Lambert memorial (see photo at top of page) is a tall stone cross dominating the churchyard to the east of the Anglican chapel. The inscriptions are in memory of Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert, his wife, a son and two daughters.

The main inscription, at the bottom of the east face of the cross reads:

To the lasting memory of

Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert, Baronet,

and in grateful recollection of labours willingly undertaken and of a life freely spent in the public service. This stone was erected by his sorrowing friends.

He was born June 7th 1822

Died June 15th 1872

Inscription to Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert

Inscription to Sir Henry EF Lambert

The two inscriptions on the pink plinths below read:

Also in loving memory of Eliza Catherine widow of the above Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert

Died Feb 17th 1898

Into thy hands I commend my spirit.

Here also rests Felton Edward Foley Lambert

2nd son of the above, Lt 2nd Border Regiment

Born 20th June 1862

Died April 22nd 1885.

Inscriptions in memory of Eliza Elizabeth Lambert and her son Felton Edward Foley Lambert

East side of plinth


The inscription on the north side of the pink plinth reads:

Also of Ida Mary, fourth daughter of Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert Baronet,

beloved wife of Canon Hubert Humphrey Middlemore Bartleet, Vicar of Malvern,

Died 1st August 1955 aged 86 years.

Inscription in memory of Ida Mary Bartleet

North side of plinth


The fading inscription on the south side (below) reads:

And in loving memory of Georgina Adelaide

Daughter of the late Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert

Died May 16th 1954 aged 83 years.

Inscription on south face of Lambert memorial

South side of plinth


About the Lambert and Foley families

Edward Foley (1747 - 1808) was a local land-owner. His estate passed to his son Edward Thomas Foley (1791 - 1846) who married Emily Graham daughter of the Duke of Montrose in 1832. They had no children, and after Edward Thomas Foley died, Lady Emily Foley 'ruled the roost' in Great Malvern, until her death in 1900.

Edward Thomas Foley had a sister Anna Maria Foley (1806 - 1857) who married Henry John Lambert (1792 - 1858) in 1821. Their son was the Henry Edward Francis Lambert (1822 - 1872) mentioned above, who was the nephew of Edward Thomas and Emily Foley. Henry, as male heir, probably expected to inherit the Manor of Malvern upon Lady Foley's death, but he died before her - the Manor of Malvern comprised parcels of land and farms between Malvern and the river Severn.

When Lady Emily Foley died in 1900 the Manor of Malvern passed to her husband's great nephew Henry Foley Lambert who changed his name to Henry Foley Lambert Grey in 1905 as a result of an inheritance passed through his wife's family.

Henry Edward Francis Lambert

Henry Edward Francis Lambert, named on the monument, was educated at Eton, and Balliol College Oxford; BA 1843; MA 1847. Inner Temple 1847. He became a Barrister at Law, Justice of the Peace, and was a Major in the Worcester Volunteers. He and his family lived with many servants in a large house named 'The Lodge' above the Worcester Road in Great Malvern which stood opposite the 'The Chase' which was later a lodging house; we think 'The Chase' was demolished circa 2013 and replaced by a tall modern apartment block roughly opposite Brays the outfitters. Henry was involved in town affairs and became chairman of the Local Board a predecessor to the urban district council. He inherited the title 6th Baronet from his father.

Eliza Catherine Hervey

Henry's wife Eliza was the daughter of soldier Colonel Lionel Charles Hervey (1784 - 1843) who was at one time secretary of the British Embassy to Madrid. The Hervey-Bathurst family at Eastnor Castle may be related through her ancestor Felton Hervey.

Children of Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert

Henry Edward Francis Lambert married Eliza Catherine Hervey (1829 - 1898) in 1860 and they had at least nine children:

Henry Foley Lambert Grey (1861 - 1914) succeeded his father as Baronet. He married Catherine Payne descended from the Grey family of Enville Hall and adopted the surname Grey in 1905 - the year he gifted the land on which Great Malvern library was built. A plaque in the library records that he was then Chairman of the Malvern Urban District Council and Lord of the Manor of Malvern. He sold the Foley Estates in 1910 including 'The Lodge' which became the 'Hill School'. A transcription of part of the Foley Estates sale catalogue can be found on the Parish of Guarlford website.

Lieutenant Felton Edward Foley Lambert (1862 - 1885) did not marry and died at the Royal Barracks, Dublin, while still a young man.

Evelyn Francis (1863 - 1894) did not marry and lived with her mother.

Cecil F (1864 - 1928) became an Admiral in the Royal Navy.

Edith Charlotte (1865 - 1919) married Arthur Berkeley Drummond, a Major in the Indian Army,  by whom she had two sons. Sadly their eldest son Captain Nigel Felton Drummond, 6th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps, was accidentally killed in France on 20th December 1916. He was born in India in 1893 and educated Repton and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Lionel Foley (1867 - 1934) married and became a land agent.

Alice Emily (1868 - 1926) did not marry and died at the Elms in St Andrews Road.

Ida Mary (1869 - 1955) married Hubert Humphrey Middlemore Bartleet who became vicar of Great Malvern.

Georgina Adelaide (1871 - 1954) did not marry and died at  Malvern.


  1. The Times
  2. Great Malvern Victorian Cemetery, printed by Aspect Design 2013 (a booklet published by Malvern Civic Society).
  3. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  4. Malvern in the Great War 1914, published 2014 by Malvern Museum, ISBN978-0-954-1520-6-2
  5. National Probate Calendar
  6. Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

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