CFHS code : PL532
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES FREDERICK HEAL Corporal 73rd Black Watch d June 5 1901 aged 18
Monument : Stone cross
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
A stone cross, now hidden by vegetation, located in the parish area of St Paul close to the Lodge and west wall.
‘In loving memory of James Frederick Heal
corporal 73rd Black Watch
died June 5 1901 aged 18’
James Frederick Heal (1883- 1901)
James Frederick Heal was a Corporal in the 73rd Black Watch. His death in 1901 suggests that he was a casualty of the Second Boer War.
James Frederick Heal was the son of William Henry and Mary C Heal. His mother had died c. 1895 and his father remarried to Elizabeth White Heal. In 1901, the year of James’s death, the family was living at 51 Glisson Road, Cambridge. At that time James had two younger brothers (Charles Joseph Guy and Albert Victor) and two younger sisters (Dorothy Gladys and Daisy Winifred).
James was born in 1883 in Carrick-on-Send in Ireland. His father, who was from St Helier in Jersey, was a Sergeant Major in the 20th Hussars, though by 1901 he was retired and was working as a ‘brewer’s manager’. Thus in becoming a professional soldier James followed in the footsteps of his father. By 1911, the family was living at Hawthorne Drive, Hills Road, Cambridge.
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By Ian Bent