CFHS code : HT247

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : IARO RACHEL the dearly loved wife of GEORGE ARGENT d July 29th 1943 aged 63 also GEORGE ARGENT d May 17th 1962 aged 84

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Rachel Argent (née Smoothy) (29 February 1880 – 29 July 1943)

Rachel was born in the village of Great Thurlow, to the north of Haverhill, Suffolk.  She was the daughter of Charles Smoothy (1850-1885)  and Susannah (née Cornwell) (1856-1925). Charles was an agricultural labourer who died when Rachel was a young child and she then grew up in Haverhill with her mother and six siblings. She married George Argent on 24 January 1901 in Haverhill and they had three children: Grace Millicent (1901-1974), Harry George (1905-) and May Dorothy (1908-1985). George worked as a wood machinist in a sawyer’s mill and they lived at 71 York Street (1901) and  58 Ainsworth Street (at least 1911 onwards). Rachel died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 August 1943.

George Argent (29 January 1878 – 17 May 1962)

George grew up at York Street with his parents John and Sarah Argent. John Argent was a coal porter/labourer and aged 13 George was working as an errand boy. He enlisted in the army on 6 December 1915 and from documentation it is known he was 5ft 5″ tall. He served with the East Kent 1st Batallion but was discharged in November 1916 as a result of being medically unfit.  He was deemed to have ‘chronic bronchitis’ as a result of pneumonia in childhood. After he was widowed he lived at 106 Ainsworth Street and died at Chesterton Hospital aged 84 years old.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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George Argent; Rachel Argent