CFHS code : PL501

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : IALRO my dear husband BERTRAM ALFRED ATKIN d Feb 23rd 1925 aged 38 also DEREK GEORGE son of the above d Sep 22nd 1923 aged 14 months

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Bertram Alfred Atkin (1887 – 23 February 1925)

Bertram was the son of George and Sarah Atkin and was born in March, Cambridgeshire.  He grew up on Creek Road there, and his father was a railway carriage examiner.  George Atkin died when Bertram was 13 years old, and  he lived with his widowed mother working for the Great Eastern Railway by at least the age of 14 years old.  In 1901 he was a money collector for the parcel cart, and in 1911 a railway clerk.

He married Alfreda Florence Young (1888-1970) in Cambridge in 1916. Alfreda had been born in Hitchin, but was living  in Cambridge and working as a drapers assistant in 1911.   They were still living in Cambridge in 1923.

Bertram died suddenly at Liverpool Street Station aged 38 years old and in inquest was held into his death. The Daily Herald reported that he died after playing a game of badminton in the ‘gymnasium’ at the station.  ‘Medical evidence showed that the exertion after a hearty meal acting on a weak heart was the cause of death’.

Derek George Atkin (c.July 1922 – 22 September 1923)

Derek was born in Cambridge and died aged 14 months old.

Alfreda Atkin continued to live in Cambridge  and lived at 40 Leys Avenue from at least 1930-1935. In 1939 she was living at Lotfield Street in Orwell and was working as a ‘drapery manageress’.  She married for a second time to Walter Reed (1880-1959) in 1941.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Bertram Alfred Atkin; Derek George Atkin