CFHS code : PL89

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM NISBET FOLKARD d March 23rd 1936 In Loving Memory of Captain DOUGLAS FOLKARD IA d Oct 28th 1925 In Loving Memory of IRENE MABEL FOLKARD b 16 Nov 1892 d 18 March 1894

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Nisbet Folkard (1 February 1866 – 23 March 1936)

William was born in Mistley, Essex – a village north east of Colchester and was the son of  James  and Rose (née Chapman) Folkard. He was baptised at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Mistley on 16 March 1866 and grew up in Manningtree where his father was a bank manager.  William also became a bank clerk and  was living in Cambridge by at least 1888.  He was a keen rower and a member of the Cambridge Town Rowing Club  – at their annual award in October 1890 he won prizes for junior fours, senior fours, light pars and 1st Boat crew.  In May 1891 he was elected to act as a delegate to the Rowing Association.

In April 1891 was lodging at 3 Coe Fen Terrace and married Elizabeth Douglas Smith (1871-1942) later that year in London. William and Elizabeth had three children: Irene Mabel, William Francis Douglas (Douglas) and Gilbert John (1905-1985).  Both Irene and Douglas were born in Cambridge, but by 1901 the family had moved to  Bank House in Bishop’s Stortford where William was the bank manager for the London County and Westminster Bank.  They later moved to Cookham in Berkshire (1920) and then 1 Golf Drive in Camberley Heath (1933 onwards).  William died at the Mount Stuart Nursing Home in Torquay, Devon, aged 70 years.

Elizabeth Folkard went to live in Bournemouth and died at the Royal Victoria and West Hampshire Hospital, Bournemouth in March 1942.

Captain William Francis Douglas Folkard (Douglas) (11 July 1895 – 28 October 1925)

Douglas was born in Cambridge and grew up in Bishops Stortford. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Middlesex Regiment in the 1st World War, enlisting in October 1915. After the war he served as a Lieutenant with the 2/25 Punjabi Regiment before being promoted to Captain in the Indian Army.  He died at Ostduinkerke in Ostend, Belgium aged  30 years old.

Irene Mabel Folkard (16 November 1892 – 18 March 1894)

Irene was the only daughter of William and Elizabeth Folkard. She was born in Cambridge and died aged 16 months old.



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Douglas Folkard; Irene Mabel Folkard; William Nisbet Folkard