CFHS code : ED57

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE CLARK d 2nd March 1940 aged 70 also ELIZABETH MARY his wife d 5th April 1947 aged 77

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203152, 0.13719007 – click here for location

Clark monument 2017


This small headstone with kerbstones is located 12 rows west of the central path in the centre if the parish of St Edward. 


In Loving Memory of GEORGE CLARK died 2nd March 1940 aged 70 years

Also ELIZABETH MARY his wife died 5th April 1947 aged 77 years

“Rest in Peace”

George Clark (18 March 1870 – 2 March 1940)

Geore was born at the Cambridge Workhouse and was the illegitimate son of Charlotte (1841-).  He and Charlotte seemed to have lived in the Workhouse for most his childhood, although it is believed they spent some time discharged before generally Charlotte re-admitted the pair of them.  In January 1882 he was apprenticed to James Henderson, a sack and twine manufacturer for five years,  James ran The Gables Ropery in Old Chesterton and the fee for the apprenticeship was £5 + 50/- clothing.  George married Elizabeth Bell in 1870 and they had eleven children: George James (1891-), Jessie May (1893-1975), Amos William S (1896-1934), Frederick Alfred (1898-1917), Percy Gordon (1900-1901), John Neville (Jack) (1901-), Dorothy (1903-), Ivy (1905-), Harold (1906-1974), Stanley (1909-1940) and Cyril George (1909-1977). George and Elizabeth started married life at 73 York Street, and although he was documented as being a machinist when they married he he was working as a bicylist’s assistant in 1891 . The family later lived at 86 Norfolk Street  (at least 1901 onwards) and  George worked for a cycle maker as a repairer and enameller.  He had retired by 1939.

He died aged 69 years old, which was also his age on the death registration documentation. It is not known why the age of 70 was used on the grave monument.

Elizabeth Mary Clark (née Bell) (20 June 1869 – 5 April 1947)

Elizabeth was the only child of bricklayers labourer James and Mary and grew up at 32 Occupation Road. After she was widowed she moved to live at 32 St. John’s Street, Bedford and died there aged 77 years old.

Their son Frederick Alfred is buried in the parish of St Andrew the Less. We do not know where his grave is. He served briefly as a soldier in World War 1 before an early discharge due to ill health.



by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Mary Clark; George Clark