CFHS code : HT383b

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : headstone In Ever Loving Memory of EDITH LOUISE the beloved wife of DANIEL GEORGE SAYER d Aug 22 1928 aged 61 also DANIEL GEORGE SAYER d Feb 22 1940 aged 78 kerbs LOUISA COPLING d Jan 15 1921 aged 76 CHARLES E SAYER RE died in France for England 1918

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20178 0.13776094 – click here for location

Sayer grave
Sayer monument


This headstone and flowerholder within kerb stones, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located in the centre of the area (south and west of the graves of George, Symmonds and Noble).


[This transcription is based on the transcript of the Cambridge Family History Society.]

‘In ever loving memory of Edith Louise
the beloved wife of Daniel George Sayer
died Aug 22 1928, aged 61’

‘Also Daniel George Sayer
died Feb 22 1940, aged 78’

[kerb stones:]
‘Louisa Copling, died Jan 15 1921, aged 76’

‘Charles E. Sayer RE died in France for England 1918’

Charles Edward Sayer (1888‒1918)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Charles was born in 1888 in North Walsham, Norfolk. He was the eldest of three children born to Daniel George Sayer and Edith Louise Sayer (née Covell). His father was a builder’s foreman and brought his family up at 32 Hemingford Road (Romsey Town), Cambridge. By 1911 Charles was working as a carpenter in the Royal Engineer Barracks in Chatham. He enlisted in London as Sapper (20577), 7th Field Company, the Royal Engineers. Charles married Grace Mary Pearce in 1917 in Cambridge, and in 1918 they were living at 130 Gwydir Street (Petersfield), Cambridge. She worked as a book sewer. Charles was killed on 29 August 1918 in France.

Louise Copling (formerly Covell née Loads) (1845‒1921)

Louise was born in North Walsham, Norfolk in 1845. She was one of at least seven children born to Joseph Loads and Ann Loads (née Woods). Her father was a coal meter (recorder of coal arrivals by barge), who brought his family up at Spa Common, North Walsham. Louise married Edmund Covell on 1 May 1864 at North Walsham. They had two children: Herbert George (1865‒1949); and Edith Louisa (1866‒1928). Edmund and his father were lawyers and his family also lived at Spa Common. Edmund died in 1867, and Louise remarried to Charles Copling on 30 November 1871 in North Walsham. Charles worked as a dealer, agricultural labourer, and corn merchant carter. He died on 14 October 1905 in North Walsham. Louise then moved to Cambridge probably to be close to her daughter, and lived at 32 Hemingford Road (Romsey Town). She died on 15 January 1921 in Cambridge.

Daniel George Sayer (1861‒1940)

Daniel was born in 1861 in Felthorpe, Norfolk. He was one of at least four children born to John Sayer and Sarah Sayer (née Haverson). His father was a rat destroyer. Daniel was employed as a bricklayer. On 20 October 1887 Daniel married Edith Louisa Covell in North Walsham, Norfolk. They had three children: Charles Edward (1888‒1918); Edith Maud (1889‒?); and Sidney Daniel (1892‒?). On the night of the 1891 census, Daniel was lodging at 5 Church End, Leverington, Cambridgeshire. By 1901 the family were living at 32 Hemingford Road, Cambridge. Daniel was working as a builders’ foreman. He was not with his family on the night of the 1911 census. Daniel died on 22 February 1940 in Cambridge.

Edith Louise Sayer (née Covell) (1866‒1928)

Edith was born in 1866 in North Walsham, Norfolk. She was the younger of two children born to Edmund Covell and Louisa Covell (née Loads). Her father died when she was less than a year old. On 20 October 1887 Edith married Daniel George Sayer in North Walsham, Norfolk. They had three children: Charles Edward (1888‒1918); Edith Maud (1889‒?); and Sidney Daniel (1892‒?). On the night of the 1891 census, her husband was staying away from the family. By 1901 the family were living at 32 Hemingford Road (Romsey Town), Cambridge. On the night of the 1911 census, Daniel was away from home again. Edith died on 22 August 1928 in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

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Sources :
War Graves Photographic Project
Census reports 1901, 1911
Birth and marriage registers

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

Louisa Copling; Charles Edward Sayer; Daniel George Sayer; Edith Louise Sayer