Arthur Lawrence German (1878-1933)
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 was 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.
Parish : St Clement
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