CFHS code : PL388

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE FREDERICK COLE who died from the effects of an accident 29 Nov 1905 aged 34 also CAROLINE EMMA COLE d 9 Jun 1900 aged 6 also RHODA ALBERTA COLE d 20 Apr 1901 aged 5

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cole headstone July 2016


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located six rows west of the central path.


who died from the effects of an accident.’
on Nov 29th 1905 aged 34 years
“In the midst of life we are in death”
“Erected by his fellow workmen”

‘Also of CAROLINE EMMA COLE who died  June 9th 1900 aged 6 years.’

‘Also of RHODA ALBERTA COLE who  died  April 20th 1901 aged 5 years.’

George Frederick Cole (1872 – 29 November 1905)

George was the second son of James and Emma Cole and  grew up at Queen’s Street (1881) and 5 Cavendish Road (1891). George married Alberta Wagstaff  (1872-1926) on October 9th 1893, at Cambridge Register Office. They were both 21 years old. George gave his occupation as bricklayer’s labourer and Alberta as laundress. They had at least seven children: Caroline Emma, Rhoda Albertha, George Frederick (1898-), Winifred Maria (1900-), Rose Alberta F (1903-1918), Beatrice Rosalind M (1904-1906) and Eva Adelaide (1906-1998). The family lived at Malta Road (1900) and later at 93 Catherine Street (1905).

George  died after he was burnt by “sulphurous flames” at the Saxon Portland Cement Company works on November 19th. In the report of the inquest in the Cambridge Independent Press a witness, Herbert Pauley, explained that the accident occurred when he and George were going to ‘knock down’ some hot clinker  to clear a kiln. Unfortunately it fell just as George was standing in front of the kiln and the resulting blast knocked him over. It seemed George had missed the warning sound and had not moved out of the way in time. He was taken to hospital where he died of bronchitis on November 29th.

His widow Albertha  married  for a second time to baker John Henry  Merry (1875-1951) on 22nd December 1906.  They had at least two children together: John Herbert (1911-1991) and Henry Kitchener (1915-2000). Albertha died in 1926 aged 52 years old.

Caroline Emma Cole (1894 – 9 June 1900)

Caroline died at Addenbrookes Hosptial aged 5 years old.

Rhoda Alberta Cole (19 November 1895 – 20 April 1901)

Rhoda also died aged 5 years old.

CFHS Parish Records and Marriage Notice Books


British Newspapers on Line, Cambridge Independent Press, December 8 1905, pg 5  where you can find a picture of the Saxon works which was situated close to Coldhams Lane.

by Mary Naylor with additional information by Claire Martinsen

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Caroline Emma Cole; George Frederick Cole; Rhoda Alberta Cole