CFHS code : BE2

Parish : St Benedict

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CLARA LOUISE CROUCH b May 5th 1871 d Oct 4th 1949 In Loving Memory of CHARLES the beloved husband of CLARA CROUCH d Jan 27 1912 aged 45 also EDWARD VICTOR CROUCH d April 4 1918 aged 17

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in 2014.



In Loving Memory of CLARA LOUISE CROUCH born May 5th 1871 died Oct 4th 1949

In Loving Memory of CHARLES the beloved husband of CLARA CROUCH who passed away January  27 1912 aged 45 years

Also EDWARD VICTOR CROUCH d April 4 1918 aged 17

Clara Louise Crouch [nee Peacock] (5 May 1871 – 4 October 1949)

Clara Crouch

Clara was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Peacock. Her father kept the King William Pub on Huntingdon Road. He died when Clara was three years old.  Her mother took a second husband, Henry Moden and in 1881 aged 9 Clara was living at the Wheatsheaf Inn, where Henry Moden was the landlord. In 1891 she was living at the Marquis of Granby Pub, 36 Bridge Street, where she was working as a barmaid.

She married Charles Crouch in 1982 and they had nine children : Clara Maud [1892-1956], Ada Eveline [1893-1977], Charles Ernest [1896-1961], Walter Lesley J [b 1899], Edward Victor [1901-1918], Arthur Leonard [1902-1973], Ivy Constance [1904-1984], Doris Irene [1906-1980] and Ena Kathleen [b 1910].

Clara with her 3 youngest daughter c 1913.

They lived at 22 Ainsworth Street. When  Clara was widowed in 1912  she was 40 years old.  She continued to live at 22 Ainsworth Street, and took in laundry and tailoring repairs from the college. Also in the form of a pension she was to receive one bowl of dripping per week.

In 1939 her daughter Ada Eveline was with her.   She died in 1949 at the age of 78 years old, leaving an estate valued at £673. In her  will each of her 15 grandchildren was to received half a gold sovereign.

Charles Crouch

Charles Crouch (c.1867 – 27 January 1912) 

Charles was the son of John and Mary Ann Crouch.  He was born in Cambridge, and grew up on Castle Street.  His father was a cordwainer. Charles worked as a kitchen porter at Trinity College for the whole of his life. He was a member of the rugby & cricket teams

Charles Crouch in the Trinity College Servants cricket team photo.

He died aged 44 years old when his youngest daughter was just 18 months old.

Edward Victor Crouch (1901 – 4 April 1918)

Edward was the fifth son of Charles and Clara Couch.  After leaving school he became a number taker for the Great Eastern Railway. When he was 17 he was killed whilst crossing the railway line near Hills Road bridge. Edward had been tending the family allotment nearby when he walked in front of the oncoming London Express train.

On 18th October six months after Edward’s fatality Clara was to hear of the death of her second son Walter killed whilst fighting with the 50th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps (infantry) in France. He was buried where he fell at Le Cateau in the Highland Cemetery.



by Claire Martinsen and Robin Mansfield

Charles Crouch; Clara Louise Crouch; Edward Victor Crouch