CFHS code : CL40

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY SOPHIA KENT d August 30 1927 CLARA BACKLER sister of the above d Sept 10 1930

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.2024, 0.13800279 – click here for location

Kent and Backler headstone May 2018



In Loving Memory of MARY SOPHIA KENT died August 30. 1927.

“Out of the deep have I called unto Thee O Lord
O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint.
If thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss,
O Lord, who may abide it? But ..  mercy with Thee.”
(Although this verse is difficult to read it appears to be Psalm 130)

CLARA BACKLER sister of the above d Sept 10 1930
“In the midst of Life we are in death.”

Mary Sophia Kent (née Backler)  (1859 – 30 August 1927)

Mary was the daughter of George, a gardener and Elizabeth (née Last) Backler.   George and Elizabeth brought up their family in Bradmore Street, Cambridge (1871/1881) and then  2 James Street (1891). They had at least seven children: George (1847-1873),S ophia (1849-1873),  Elizabeth (1853-1908), Ellen Louisa (1856-1916), Mary Sophia, Clara Jane  and Emily Catherine (1866-1937) . Emily’s parents and elder brother George are buried in the parish of St Andrew the Less with no known monument.

Mary married Charles Yorke Bright (1859 -1889) on 27 December 1880 at Christ Church, Cambridge.  Charles was a solicitor’s clerk and they went to live in Brixton and had two children: Charles (1885-) and May Ethel (1888-1962). Charles died in London aged 30 years old and Mary then returned to live  with her parents and sisters at 2 James Street (1891).  She worked as a college bedmaker and in 1901 was living at 4 Newmarket Road with children and sisters Emily and Clara.

She married for a second time in 1906 to widower John Jasper Still Kent (1846-1934). John was an army pensioner who was working as a college servant when they married.  In 1911 the couple were living at 3 Warkworth Street and he was documented as being a caretaker. She died in Cambridge aged 67 years old.

Clara Jane Backler (1862 – 10 September 1930)

Clara was Mary’s younger sister and in 1901 was living at 4 Newmarket Road and was documented as being a housekeeper. She then went to live with her sister Emily and niece May at 48 Abbey Road (1911 onwards).  She died aged 68 years old.



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Clara Backler; Mary Sophia Kent