CFHS code : AL104

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : ILR ANN LOUISA the dearly loved wife of GEORGE BENFIELD she fell asleep July 23 1871 in the 32nd year of her age also the above GEORGE BENFIELD d Jan 28 1898 aged 75 also of OSCAR BARKER BENFIELD grandson of the above who perished at sea Aug 1 1917 aged 25

Monument : Headstone (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203921 0.13776362 – click here for location

Benfield grave
Benfield headstone

Monument

This broken headstone, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, is located beside and to the west of the continuation of the central path as it curves towards the north entrance (between the graves of Douglass Walter Masterson and Benjamin Thompson). The inscription is now indecipherable in places.

Inscription

[Taken from the transcript by the Cambridge Family History Society]

‘In loving memory of Ann Louisa
the dearly loved wife of George Benfield
she fell asleep July 23 1871 in the 32nd year of her age’

‘Also the above George Benfield
died Jan 28 1898 aged 75’

‘Also of Oscar Barker Benfield grandson of the above
who perished at sea Aug 1 1917 aged 25’

Oscar Barker Benfield (1892‒1917)WW1 civilian – see also Life Story page

Oscar was born in 1892 in Cambridge. He was the fourth of five children born to George Herd Benfield (1853-1921) and Phillis Benfield (née Collyer) (1857-1946). His paternal grandparents were George Benfield (c.1823-1898) and Ann Louisa Benfield (née Barker). (c. 1821-1871) Oscar’s grandfather, George, was a college servant. Oscar’s father was Head Porter at Selwyn College and then at Peterhouse, Cambridge. In 1901 Oscar was living with his family at 29 St Mary’s Street, Cambridge. Ten years later he was living at 21 St Andrew’s Street North, Bury St. Edmunds as a boarder. He was then 20 years of age and a bank clerk.

Oscar married Vera Evelyn Batten in 1916 in Reading, Berkshire. The following year Oscar embarked on the SS Karina. On 1 August 1917, it was travelling from Sierra Leone to Liverpool with a cargo of palm oil, kernels and passengers, when it was torpedoed and sunk 7 miles south by west of Hook Point, Ireland by the German submarine SM UC-75, Kaiserliche Marine.

George Benfield (c.1823–1898)

George was born in about 1823 in the Strand, London. He was one of at least three children born to John Benfield and Catherine Benfield (née Herd). George was baptised on 20 February 1826 at St Martin in the Fields, London. George married Ann Louisa Barker (c.1821-1871) on 16 February 1846 at St John the Evangelist Church, Lambeth, London. They had at least five children: Thomas Barker (c.1841–?), Ann Louisa (c.1847–1917), Alice Amelia (1851–?), George Herd (1853–1921) and Harry Barker (1860–1911).

George worked as a tailor and then as a college servant. Ann worked as a laundress. The family lived at 39 Broad Street (off East Road), then School Lane, later 39 Castle Street, Cambridge. On 23 July 1871 his wife, Ann, died. The following year George remarried to a widow, Emma Blinkhorn (née Wallis) (c. 1834-1922) , at All Saints Church, Cambridge on 2 November 1872. By 1881 George was living at 10 Ram Yard, Cambridge next to a veterinary surgery. His wife, Emma, was living at a separate address. Ten years later George was living with his son, George jnr, in Hertford Street, Cambridge. He was no longer working. George died on 28 January 1898 in Cambridge.

Ann Louisa Benfield (née Barker) (c.1821–1871)

Ann was born in about 1821 in Soham, Cambridgeshire. Her father was James Barker, a farmer. Ann married George Benfield (c.1823-1898) on 16 February 1846 at St John the Evangelist Church, Lambeth, London. They had at least five children: Thomas Barker (c.1841–?), Ann Louisa (c.1847–1917), Alice Amelia (1851–?), George Herd (1853–1921) and Harry Barker (1860–1911). Ann died on 23 July 1871 in Cambridge.

Sources:
For a photograph of the ship in 1912, see SS Karina
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
Allen Tony (2007 and 2009)

By Ian Bent, Emma Easterbrook and Sheila Plaister

Ann Louisa Benfield; George Benfield; Oscar Barker Benfield