CFHS code : AG295

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of My dear husband ALBERT BRAND d March 17 1917 aged 64 also of his beloved wife MARY ANN BRAND d Nov 12 1927 aged 80 also their daughter ELIZABETH S LESTER d 22 March 1949 aged 68

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon :52.203057, 0.13648303 – click here for location

Brand grave
Brand monument


Consists of kerb stones without a headstone. It lies in the St Andrew the Great section of the cemetery, between the west path and the west boundary wall.


‘In loving memory
My dear husband Albert Brand
who passed away March 17 1917 aged 64’

‘also of his beloved wife Mary Ann Brand
who died Nov 12 1927 aged 80’

‘also their daughter Elizabeth S. Lester
who died 22 March 1949 aged 68’

Albert Brand (18 December 1852 – 17  March 1917)policeman – see also Life Story page

Albert Brand

Albert was born in Little Shelford and was the son of James and Susan Brand.  His father was a labourer (1861)who later ran a pub in the village (1871). By the age of 19 (1871) Albert was working as an agricultural labourer. He married Mary Poulter on 13 February 1873 in Hinxton and he joined the Cambridge police force later that year on 25 September 1873. He was given the rank of police constable and the service number 22.

Albert and Mary had at least six children: Harry Arthur (1874-1912), Edmund (1876-1958), Albert (1879-1964), Elizabeth Susan (1881-1949), Harriet (1884-1962) and Elliott (1886-1944). In 1881 the family were living at 3 Auckland Cottages, Newmarket Road.  By 1887, they were living in 46 (then numbered 34a) Covent Garden, which had just been built and was a ‘tied’ police house. ).

Albert retired from the force on 25 December 1898 after 25 years service  and was awarded a police pension of 31/50th of his final salary. His pay in 1898 was £1, 10s and 7d per week, which entitled him to a pension of £49, 8s and 9d per year.  Albert then went to run the Windmill pub, 42 Mill Road (1901) – this was later demolished and replaced by the Playhouse in 1913.  By 1911 Albert had retired to live at 55 Mawson Road and was noted on the census of that year as being a police pensioner.

He died at Mawson Road aged 65 years old and the funeral took place on 21 March.  The coffin left  Mawson Road at 2.30pm headed by nine police officers ranging in rank from Superintendent to P.C.  A service was held at St. Barnabas’ Church before internment at Mill Road Cemetery. The Cambridge Daily News reported that the Rev. W.H. Norman officiated ‘with a simplicity and solemnity which harmonised with the quiet passing of a life of unostentation and devotion’.

Albert and Mary’s sons Edmund and Elliot also became police officers.

Mary Ann Brand  (née Poulter) (6 December 1847 – 12 November 1927)

Mary Ann Brand (née Poulter)

Mary was born in Hinxton and was the eldest daughter of  William and Mary Ann. She grew up in the village and her father worked as an agricultural labourer. She married Albert Brand when she was 25 years old and died aged 80 years. It is thought that she died at 17 Bar Lane, Stapleford – the home of her daughter Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Susan Lester (née Brand) (26 December 1881 –  22 March 1949)

Elizabeth Lester (née Brand)

Elizabeth lived at home and married James Lester (1874-1959) in 1926 when she was 45 years old.  James was a butcher/small holder who lived in Stapleford.  In 1939 they were living on Bar Lane, and Elizabeth died there aged 67 years old.

Census report 1891
Spalding street directories of Cambridge


Newspaper archives

By Ian Bent with additional information by Claire Martinsen

Albert Brand; Mary Ann Brand; Elizabeth Susan Lester