CFHS code : HT190

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN BEAUPRE BELL CLEE b 7 Apr 1864 d 7 Aug 1940 also HARRIET SPEECHLEY CLEE b 18 Jan 1863 d 12 Oct 1957

Monument : S/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



John Beaupre Bell Clee (7 April 1864 – 7 August 1940)

John was the son of Charles Thomas and Mary Ann Clee. He was born in Cambridge and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 26th June 1864.  He grew up at 20 George Street (1871) and then at 2b Panton Street (1881). John became a  stonemason like his father and was an apprentice by the age of 16 years old.  He married Harriet Smith in 1890. In 1891 the couple were living in Heigham Norfolk  and John was described as a ‘stone carver’.  Harriet and John had at least five children: Ada Mary Isabel (1891-1970), Charles Beaupre Bell (1893-1980), John Augustus (1894-1993), Lillian Elizabeth (1898 – 1987) and Edward Jack (1902-1987).

They must have moved back to Cambridge by at least 1898 as daughter Lilian was born in Cambridge. They lived at 49 Argyle Street, and in 1939 John was described as a retired stonemason. He died at home in 1940 aged 76 years old.

Harriet Speechley Clee (née Smith) (18 January 1863 – 12 October 1957)

Harriet was born in March, and aged 9 was living in the North Witchford Workhouse in Doddington, located between Chatteris and March.  In all her census records whilst she was alive she was known as Harriet Hall Smith/Clee, it was only on her death certificate and probate records that she is recorded as Harriet Speechley  Clee, so it is uncertain how this middle name came to be. She married John Clee in 1890.  She died at her daughter Ada’s home at 9 Cavendish Avenue aged 94 years old.

Charles Beaupre Bell Clee – the eldest son of John and Harriet Clee became an Indian civil servant and was knighted.  He went to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and joined the Civil Service in 1919.



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Harriett Speechley Clee; John Beaupre Bell Clee