CFHS code : BE105

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : kerbs In Loving Memory of SARAH SEARLE d May 3 1911 age 47 also ELLEN GROVER d 3 Dec 1935 age 66/ flowerholder: L.H. GROVER / d 1.3.1938 / age 69

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The kerbstones in March 2021.


This set of kerbs in the parish of St Benet’s are east of and next to the east path. The inscriptions for Ellen and Lawrence are still legible but Sara’s, which is the fallen kerb, is damaged & hard to read.


In Loving Memory of SARAH SEARLE d May 3 1911 age 47

Also ELLEN GROVER who died 3 December 1935 age 66 years

L.H. GROVER  died 1.3.1938  age 69

Relationship: two sisters, one brother-in-law

Sarah Searle (c.1863 – 3 May 1911)

Sarah was the daughter of James and Emma Searle. She was born in Comberton and baptised there on 29th November 1863.  Her father was an engine driver, and the family lived at North Street, Comberton.  Aged 18, Sarah was living at Rectory Farm, Comberton where she was working as a housemaid.  She was working as a general domestic servant in 1891 to the Stevens family at 63 Regent Street.  By 1901 she was a domestic cook, working for Reverend Treadwell at the Vicarage in Hatley St George, 12 miles south of Cambridge.

In the census of 1911 she was a patient at Addenbrookes Hospital. She died a few weeks later.

Ellen Grover (nee Searle) (c.1869 – 3 December 1935)

Ellen was the younger sister of Sarah Searle.  She was baptised in Comberton on 5th December 1869. When she was growing up her father had changed jobs and was an agricultural worker.  In 1891 she was was working as a domestic servant.

She married Lawrence Grover in 1891 and they lived at 42 Perowne Street, and later at 20 Devonshire Road [c1914 onwards] They had two children: Lawrence Penrose (1892-1917) and Beryl Grace (1905-1989). Lawrence died at Flanders in September 1917, fighting with the 1st Battalion Cambridge Regiment.  He is buried at Zonnebeke Cemetery in Belgium.

Ellen died in 1935 aged 66 years old at Devonshire Road.  She left an estate valued at £223 13s 8d.

Lawrence Henry Grover (c.1869 – 1 March 1938)

Lawrence was born in Oootacamund in India. He was the son of Henry and Harriet Grover.  The family moved back to England when Lawrence was around 2 years old, and eventually moved to Hooper Street where Henry Grover worked as a railway policeman.

Lawrence was a French polisher by trade.  He was widowed when he was 66 years old.  He died at Addenbrookes Hospital at the age of 69 years old. He left an estate valued at £1,340 2s 9d.


by Claire Martinsen

Ellen Grover; L. H. Grover; Sarah Searle