CFHS code : AL240a

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE FRANCIS CLARK for 34 years a member of the Cambridge Borough Police d June 14 1892 aged 55 also MARY ANN his wife d June 30 1892 aged —

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20296382, 0.13877688 – click here for location

Clark grave
Clark headstone


This monument is a decoratively carved headstone without kerb stones. It is located in the St Andrew the Less section of the cemetery, to the right of the east path (going north), well past the path that leads to the centre circle. It stands between the path and the east boundary wall, and in heavy shade underneath a tree. The inscription is illegible at two points.

Inscription The burial register & Freebmd were used to complete the inscription.

‘In loving memory of
George Francis Clark
for 34 years a member of the Cambridge Borough Police
who departed this life June 14 1892 aged 55 years’

‘also Mary Ann wife of the above
who fell asleep June 30 1892 aged 55 years’

‘Also of their daughter Sarah Ann Clark
who fell asleep Feb 26th 1941 aged 64 years’

George Francis Clark  (1837 – 1892) policeman – see also Life Story page

George Clark was born on 6 February 1837 in the Union Workhouse, (now Ditchburn Place, which borders on to the cemetery). He joined the Cambridge Borough Police around 1855, retired after long service around 1890 and died in 1892.

George’s first wife, Elizabeth Osborne (1835 – 1866) was from Cherry Hinton. The couple married in 1860 and had two sons: Henry George (1860) and Alfred William (1864) both born in Portland Place. Elizabeth died in 1866 and is thought to have been buried in the churchyard of St Andrew’s Cherry Hinton.

In 1868 George married Elizabeth’s sister Mary Ann. They had five children: Herbert Osborne  (1871),  Arthur Edward (1873),  Elizabeth Mary (1874),  Alice Florence (1875) and Sarah Ann (1877) (the last buried with her parents). All the children were baptised on February 17th 1878 at St Paul’s church on Hills Road. Herbert and Arthur were deaf and dumb – both went on to become master tailors in Cambridge. In 1881, the family was living in Gwydir Street. In 1891 the house number was 95.

A report of George’s death appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle on June 17th. It explained that he died after a long illness. It went on to state that Mr Clark was a hard working and intelligent detective who frequently earned the praise of his superior officers.

Mary Ann Clark (née Osborne) (1836 – 1892)

Mary Ann was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Osborne of Cherry Hinton. Thomas was a labourer who died in 1840. It seems that Sarah then moved with her three daughters, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Susan, to live with her parents on the High Street. Sarah worked as a laundress and when she was old enough Elizabeth went into service.
In 1861 Mary Ann was working as a house servant for the Nichols family at 12 Christs Lane. Cambridge.

Mary Ann died only 16 days after her husband.

Sarah Ann Clark (1877 – 1941)
Sarah was the youngest daughter of George and Mary Ann Clark. In 1891 she was a dressmaker’s apprentice. Her parents died the following year when she was only 15. In 1901 she was living in Leicester working for the Payne Family as a domestic servant. She remained in service eventually moving back to Cambridge where she was living in Chesterton in 1939.

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CFHS Transcripts of parish & census records
British Newspaper Archives
Find my Past
Private communication from Barry Cundell (great grandson of Herbert Clark)

By Ian Bent and Mary Naylor

George Francis Clark; Mary Ann Clark; Sarah Ann Clark