CFHS code : AL9

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES FRIEND who entered into rest July 28th 1885 aged 25

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20423, 0.13773941 – click here for location

Friend headstone November 2019


Located three rows from the north wall and nine rows east of the north gate. It is only possible to find the headstone when the grass has been cut. Although still legible the lettering has suffered some erosion.


In Loving Memory of CHARLES FRIEND
Who entered into rest July 28th 1885
aged 25 years

“Hush, blessed are the dead
In Jesus’ arms who rest
And lean their weary head
Forever on his breast.”                         

“In Thee Oh Lord I put my trust”

Charles Friend (1860 – 1885)

Charles was the son of Emmerson and Mary Ann (née James) Friend. He was born 28th March and baptised in St Peter’s Church Wisbech in August 1860. Emmerson was a veterinary surgeon who died in 1862 when Charles was 2. Mary Ann remarried in 1867. Charles was brought up in Cambridge and became a decorator. His stepfather Barnett Leach was part of the Leach firm of Master craftsmen in City Road and as in the 1881 census Charles gave his occupation as decorator he may have been part of the firm.
Charles married Kate Mary Simpson on April 14th 1884 in the parish of St Andrew the Less. They were living in Melbourne Place when Mary gave birth to a son, Percy Charles, the following May and when Charles died  less than 2 months later.

Inscription – hymn by Edward H Bickersteth

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