CFHS code : HT489

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY COWARD d May 24th 1911 aged 55 WILLIAM JOHN COWARD d Nov 28th 1929 aged 75

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

These kerbstones were cleared by family members in December 2016
Coward kerb stones December 2016

Monument

These kerb stones, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, are located to the west of the east path. They were cleared by family members in December 2016.  The inscriptions are still intact.

Inscription

‘In Loving Memory of MARY COWARD died May 24th 1911 aged 55’

‘WILLIAM JOHN COWARD died Nov 28th 1929 aged 75’

Mary Coward wife of William John Coward
Mary Coward wife of William John Coward

Mary Coward (née Burrell) (1855 – 1911)

Mary was the daughter of George and Mary (née Allen from Bishop Stortford) Burrell. George is described as  a cabdriver. She was was born at 47 Russell Street, Cambridge on 6th October 1855. In 1857 she lost her mother to Typhus 18.  She married William John Coward on December 25th 1872.

William John Coward wearing his medal.
William John Coward wearing his medal.

William John Coward (1853 -1929) William was the eldest child of William Oliver and Mary (née Ball) Coward.   He was a tailor.  The family  lived at 46 Maid’s Causeway. Every one of his  eleven children were trained in a profession so that they could earn a living – even the eldest Alice, who was blind: she was trained as a masseuse. Later in life he let rooms and became a landlord.

On 21st July 1887 he saved a man from drowning, and was awarded a bronze medal from the Royal Humane Society – which he was photographed wearing.  He also served on the  Board of Guardians for the workhouse and the board of directors at a local building society

The Children click on the picture to view the full image

Alice 1874 - 1968
Alice 1874 – 1968
Lilian 1875 - 1972 and Florence 1877 - 1956
Lilian 1875 – 1972 and Florence 1877 – 1956
Cecil 1880 - 1966
Cecil 1880 – 1966
Gertrude 1884 - 1949 Eva 1881 - 1958
Gertrude 1884 – 1949
Eva 1881 – 1958
Dorothy 1893 - 1967, Harlow 1891 - 1970 Clarence 1899 - 1918 Gladys 1894 - 1984
Dorothy 1893 – 1967, Harlow 1891 – 1970
Clarence 1899 – 1918
Gladys 1894 – 1984
Mary Coward; William John Coward