CFHS code : HT564

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JANE the beloved wife of JOHN CLARK d Dec 31st 1925 aged 56 also JOHN CLARK husband of above d June 9th 1948 aged 80 also the beloved son of the above Pte H J CLARK MM killed in action in France Sept 26th 1917 aged 24

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202027, 0.13778000 – click here for location

Clark grave
Clark monument

Monument

This elegantly carved Gothic-arch-shaped headstone with rondel containing clasped hands, and foliage, currently fallen, and kerb stones, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located midway between the central path and the eastern path.

Inscription

‘In loving memory of Jane the beloved wife of John Clark
died Dec 31st 1925 aged 56 years’
“Until the day break.”

‘Also John Clark husband of above
died June 9th 1948 aged 80 years’
“Peace perfect peace.”

‘Also the beloved son of the above Pte H. J. Clark M.M.
killed in action in France Sept 26th 1917 aged 24 years.’

Harold John Clark (1893–1917) WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Harold was born in Cambridge in 1893. He was the eldest of six children born to John Clark and Jane Clark (née Crabb). Harold became a bookseller’s porter. He enlisted at Cambridge as Private (3923) in the Cambridgeshire Regiment. He then transferred and became Private (326525) in the 1st Battalion the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

John Clark (c1868–1948)

John was born in about 1868 in Soham, Cambridgeshire. He was one of six children born to Giles Clark and Ann Clark (née Pollard). His father was an agricultural labourer and later a local carter. The family grew up at Cherry Orchard, Spencer Drove and then The Crofts, Soham. John was initially an agricultural labourer like his father before becoming a carpenter. He married Jane Crabb in 1892 in Cambridgeshire. They had six children including Harold John Clark. The family lived at 16 Hooper Street and then 110 Ainsworth Street (both in Sturton Town), Cambridge. John died on 9 June 1948 in Cambridge.

Jane Clark (née Crabb) (c1869–1925)

Jane was born in about 1869 in Littleport, Cambridgeshire. She was one of at least six children born to George Crabb and Ann Crabb (née Turner). Shortly after her birth her family moved to Derbyshire and then eventually to Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire where they remained. Jane’s father ended up in the workhouse there towards the end of his life. Jane appears to be the only member of her family who remained in Cambridgeshire. First she stayed at Lynn Road, Littleport with her paternal grandmother, Phoebe Crabb (née Leonard), who was a pauper. Then after her grandmother’s death she was a boarder with the Hills family at Wisbech Road, Littleport where she worked as a seamstress. Jane married John Clark in 1892 in Cambridgeshire. They had six children including Harold John Clark. Jane died on 31 December 1925 in Cambridge.

Sources:
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
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
London Gazette, issue 30364, p. 11330, 30 October 1917

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Harold John Clark; Jane Clark; John Clark