CFHS code : CL90
Parish : St Clement
Inscription : In Loving Memory of ARTHUR LAWRENCE GERMAN d June 6th 1933 aged 53 also of his wife AMELIA ALICE GERMAN Feb 6th 1934 aged 54
Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder (broken)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
These kerb stones with flowerholder, in grey polished marble with metal lettering, in the parish area of St Clement are located to the right of the eastern path just south of the crosspath to the centre circle. It is one row away from the boundary wall, is in a heavily overgrown area, and has a tree growing in the top-right corner of the kerbstones.
In loving memory of
‛Arthur Lawrence German died June 6th 1933 aged 53 years’
‛Also of his wife Amelia Alice German died Feb 6th 1934 aged 54 years’
Arthur Lawrence German (1878-1933) – see also Life Story page
Arthur Lawrence German was born on 15 October 1878, the second son of William German (1855‒99), a Cambridge bootmaker, and his wife, Elizabeth Maryann Saunders (1853‒1906). At the time of his birth the family lived at 10 Herbert Street (Chesterton), Cambridge. Arthur had one older brother, Herbert William Saunders German (1876‒96). Later siblings were: an unbaptised boy (1880‒80), Annette Lillian (1882‒1971), Charles H (1884‒1914), Nellie Elizabeth (1886‒98), Annie Mary German (1889‒?) and Horace Sidney (1892‒1964).
Arthur’s paternal grandparents were William German (1822‒1905), a bootmaker of 1 Northampton Street, Cambridge (he worked there 1847‒91), and his second wife, Annie Mary Gale (1817‒87). Northampton Street is on the north side of the river, at the foot of Castle Hill and in the parish of St Giles (in which Arthur’s father William was baptised on 7 October 1855), therefore Annie was buried in north Cambridge’s Ascension Burial Ground. (Arthur’s grandfather William, and his great uncle, Jacob German (1835‒1931), on the other hand, were both buried in Histon Road Cemetery, which was Cambridge’s non-conformist cemetery.)
By 1881 the family was living at 10 Custom Street (now Vicarage Terrace in the St Matthew’s area ‒ the housing stock of this street was entirely destroyed by enemy bombing in June 1940). By 1891 the family lived at 67 Great Eastern Street (Romsey Town), when Arthur was listed as an “errand boy”. In 1899, Arthur’s father William died of consumption. By 1901, Arthur was living with his 45-year-old widowed mother and four younger siblings at 36 Ross Street (Romsey Town), Cambridge. He was working as a porter with the Great Eastern Railway. His mother died in 1906, when Arthur was aged 27.
On 14 March 1911 Arthur married Alice Amelia Bass, daughter of Harry Bass, builder, at St Philip’s Church, Mill Road. The couple lived at 9 Thoday Street (in Romsey Town), Arthur’s 18-year-old brother Horace Sidney, a messenger on the Great Eastern Railway, living with them. On 1 July 1917, at the age of 38, Arthur joined the National Union of Railwaymen, of which he remained a paying member until December 1926. His occupation in 1917 was given as “ticket collector”.
Arthur and Alice later lived at 31 Coleridge Road, where he died on 5 June 1933, aged 54. No children can be traced. In his will, Arthur left effects of £874 to “Francis William Pellendine railway servant”, who had been a witness at his and Alice’s wedding. One wonders why they were not left to his widow.
Amelia Alice German (née Bass) (1878-1934)
Amelia Bass (as her birth certificate gives her, with only one first name) was born on February 21, 1878 at 11 Marsden Terrace, Kentish Town, Middlesex to Mary Bass (née Edwards in 1857 in Kentish Town) and Henry Bass (born 1847 in Grantchester, near Cambridge) occupation variously described as general dealer and house decorator. Her parents had married in 1875 in Kentish Town and she had an older sister Marion F. (likely “Flora”) born in 1877 in Kentish Town. Amelia seems at some point to have adopted the name “Alice” in addition to her given name. A younger sister named Nellie Sophia Bass was born and baptised on September 27, 1885 when the family was living at 18 Grafton Street, Camden.
Some time after the birth of Alice Amelia’s younger sister, the father appears to have left his wife and three young children. By the time of the 1891 census, 12-year-old Alice Amelia and her 13-year-old-sister then known as “Flora” were living with their widowed paternal grandmother Esther Bass (born in Babraham) in Grantchester. Their mother Mary was still living in Kentish Town with their younger sister Nellie Sophia and working as an “ironer”. By the 1901 census, father Henry Bass was still living in St Pancras with a new wife and family, while mother Mary was living alone in St. Pancras. On the 1911 census, father Henry Bass was still living in St. Pancras with new wife and family. The Nellie Sophia Bass mentioned in Alice Amelia German’s will is her youngest sister Nellie Sophia Bass.
She married Arthur Lawrence German in 1911. The “H Bass” who appears on the marriage certificate is Alice’s estranged father. Alice and Arthur do not appear to have had any children.
Amelia survived her husband by about a year, dying in Cambridge on 6 February 1934, aged 54. In her will, she left effects amounting to £787 2s 6d to Marion Florence Lankaster (wife of William Lankaster) and Nellie Sophia Bass.
English census reports 1841‒1911
St Clement’s Church, Cambridge burial register
St Giles’ Church, Cambridge baptismal and burial registers
St Luke’s Church, Cambridge burial register
St Peter’s Church, Cambridge burial register
Histon Road Cemetery, Cambridge burial register
German family genealogy
By Joanna Kafarowski (descendant), with Mary Naylor and Ian Bent