CFHS code : AG162
Parish : St Andrew the Great
Inscription : In Loving Memory of our dear sons WILLIAM EDWARD BEVAN d Nov 28 1904 aged 21 also Pte SIDNEY BEVAN Suff Regt died in France June 12th 1915 aged 24 and also Artificer LEONARD BEVAN 61st Machine Gun Coy killed in action Aug 16th 1917 aged 21
Monument : Headstone/Ground slab
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202715, 0.13651052 – click here for location
Headstone with groundslab, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, located five rows east of the western path, at the most southerly part of St Andrew the Great, at the boundary line with St Bene’t. The inscription given below is based on the transcription by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society.
‘In loving memory of our dear sons
William Edward Bevan died Nov 28 1904 aged 21’
‘Also Pte Sidney Bevan Suff Regt
died France June 12th 1915 aged 24’
‘And Also Artificer Leonard Bevan
61st Machine Gun Coy.
killed in action Aug 16th 1917 aged 21’
Sidney Bevan (1891–1915) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Sidney was born in 1891 in Cambridge. He was the eighth of the ten children of Philip Blackmore Bevan and Susan Bevan (née Barton**). Sidney grew up at Priory Street and 23 Victoria Road, Cambridge. He was apprenticed as a house painter. Like his younger brother, Leonard Bevan, he played cricket. Sidney played for Mr E Northfield’s cricket XI. After the outbreak of war Sidney joined the 7th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment as Private (9182).
(Cousins – Susan Bevan (née Barton) was the sister of Sarah Elizabeth Curzon (née Barton). Sarah was the mother of Arthur William Harry Curzon and Frederick Barton Curzon, who were also killed in the First World War. Thus the Bevan brothers and the Curzon brothers were cousins.)
William Edward Bevan (1883–1904)
William was born in 1883 in Cambridge. He was the fourth of the ten children of Philip Blackmore Bevan and Susan Bevan (née Barton). It is likely that he was named after both his grandfathers, William Barton and Edward Bevan. William’s father initially worked as an assistant to a hosier and hatter on Bridge Street, Cambridge. However, by the time William’s parents married his father was working as a mechanic. After his parents married William’s father became a fishmonger like William’s maternal grandfather, William Barton, again on Bridge Street. By the time William was 7 years old his father had changed occupation again to a waiter and the family had moved to Priory Street, Cambridge. Meanwhile, William became a picture frame maker. William died on 28 November 1904 in Cambridge aged 21 years old.
Leonard Bevan (1896–1917) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Leonard was born in 1896 in Cambridge. He was the ninth of the ten children of Philip Blackmore Bevan and Susan Bevan (née Barton). Leonard grew up at Priory Street and 23 Victoria Road, Cambridge. He attended Milton Road Council School, which had opened on 20 July 1908. He became Head Boy in 1910 and participated that year in the school’s first Prize Giving both in singing at it and in receiving the H G Whibley prize for woodwork. After leaving school Leonard became a gas fitter for the Cambridge Gas Company and played for the company’s cricket XI. He also played for the Old Choristers football team along with Herbert William Benstead, William Charles Sidney Horspool, and Albert Scales. After the outbreak of war Leonard enlisted at Ely, Cambridgeshire. He initially joined the Suffolk Yeomanry as a Private before being absorbed into the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) again as a Private.
War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837 – 1915
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 – 1919
International, Find A Grave Index for Select Locations, 1300s – current
Web: International, Find A Grave Index
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