CFHS code : MG223

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT EDWARD GREEN d 29 Apr 1926 aged 79 also his wife MARY HAGUE GREEN d 28 Jan 1927 aged 78

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202138, 0.13759506 – click here for location

The Green grave set was cleared in 2015.
Green kerb stones

Monument

Inscription

Robert Edward Green (1846 – 29 April 1926)

Robert was born in Grantham and was the son of William and Ann (née Partridge).  William Green was a watchmaker and after he died Ann took over the business. Robert married Mary Hand in 1868 and they had seven children: Florence Mary (1870-1956), Robert Edward (1872-), Harry (1875-), Annie (1877-), Ernest (1880-1914), Montague (1882-1971) and Ethel May (1885-). Robert worked as a clerk in a brewery (1871), auctioneer’s clerk (1881), commercial clerk (1891) and clerk at the Spittlegate Ironworks. In 1901 the family were living at 32 Cecil Street in Grantham.

In September 1904 Robert was charged with fraud and the case was heard at Grantham Court.  He was accused of changing the wages of six men so that they received more overtime/bonus payments than they were entitled to and the fraud was said to have spanned eighteen months.  For example if a man was entitled to 15s of additional payment, it was said Robert changed it to be £2 15s which was then paid as wages.  It was claimed that the men then passed some of the money back to Robert Green.  He pleaded not guilty and the court case was heavily reported in the local press of the time such was the scandal it caused. He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment by the judge who said ‘I cannot help passing a severe sentence not only to punish you, but as a warning and deterrent to others that they must be honest.  Green, you are the worst and you must have the most severe sentence. Your employers confided in you, and took it for granted that what you said was true, correct and straight’.  The other men were sentenced to six months imprisonment.

After he was released Robert moved to live at 18 Bridge Street, where he helped his son Ernest run the Mitre pub. Son Montague was a hairdresser who had also moved to Cambridge by c.1906.  In 1911 Robert, Mary and daughter Annie were living at the Mitre. Ernest Green died in 1914. and Robert died in Cambridge aged 79 years old.

Mary Hague Green (née Hand)  (c.1848 – 28 January 1927)

Mary was the daughter of William and Ann and was born in Barkston le Willows, four miles north east of Grantham. Her father was a baker and grocer who had a shop on West Street in Barkston and she married Robert Green when she was 19 years old. Mary died at 71 Kingston Street aged  78 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Mary Hague Green; Robert Edward Green