CFHS code : AL236

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HENRY DENNIS DARNELL d march 30th 1930 aged 74 also of his beloved daughter DOROTHY GRACE d August 5th 1890 aged 4 also of his beloved wife SABINA DARNELL d June 19th 1934 aged 74

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Darnell grave
Darnell headstone




Loving Memory of

Henry Dennis Darnell

who died March 30th 1930

aged 74 years.

Also of his beloved daughter

Dorothy Grace,

who died August 5th 1890.

aged 4 years.

also of his beloved wife

Sabina Darnell

who died June 19th 1934.

aged 74 years.

so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Henry Dennis Darnell (c.1857 – 30 March 1930)

Henry was the son of Jesse and Mary Darnell.  He was born in Fen Drayton and grew up at Cootes Lane, where his father was a farm bailiff. He was baptised at Fen Drayton on 15th January 1860.

By 1881 the family had moved to Cambridge and were living at 1 Eckworth Villas. Henry was working as a clerk.  He married Sabina Sizer at Eden Chapel on 29th January 1884 when he was 27 years old.

Henry and Sabina had three children: Dorothy Grace [1886 – 1890], Edith Mercy [1887-] and John Dennis [1895-1962].

In 1891 Henry was a railway clerk, and the family were living at 39 Mill Road with a boarder and a domestic servant. From at least 1896 onwards they lived at 3 Mill Road. Henry died at Addenbrookes Hospital in March 1930 aged 74 years old.

Dorothy Grace Darnell (1886 – 5 August 1890)

Dorothy was the eldest daughter of Henry and Sabina Darnell.  She was born in early 1886, and she was registered as Dorothea Grace, but was later known as Dorothy Grace.  She died in Thetford aged 4 years old of sunstroke.  Newspapers reported that the family had been in Thetford visiting friends.

Sabina Darnell [nee Sizer] (1859 – 19 June 1934)

Sabina was born in Great Wilbraham and was the daughter of bootmaker Thomas Sizer and his wife Eliza. She grew up on Church Street in Great Wilbraham.  Aged 22 she was living at 26 Kingston Street with her brother Thomas and working as a dressmaker.  She married Henry Darnell in 1884.

She was widowed in 1930, and continued to live at 3 Mill Road.  She died there in 1934 aged 74 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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Dorothy Grace Darnell; Henry Dennis Darnell; Sabina Darnell