CFHS code : HT222b

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES SPENCER HOGGER d 15th June 1947 aged 67 HELENA HOGGER d 31st Jan 1963 aged 80

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Charles (Charlie) Spencer Hogger (12 February 1880 – 15 December 1947)

Charlie was the son of James and Margaret (née Monahan) and was born in Secunderabad, India whilst his father was a soldier. James served with the 12th Lancers as a Farrier Major, and was discharged from the army on 4 May 1880. The family moved to live at 39 Norfolk Terrace and James Hogger worked as a blacksmith – Charlie also trained and worked as a blacksmith and enlisted as a soldier in 1901. He served with the R.H. (Royal Horse Artillery) and R.F.A. (Royal Field Artillery).  His service was short – he served just one year, and 106 days before returning to Cambridge where he married Ellen/Helena Stearn on 31 July 1904 at St. Paul’s Church.  Charlie worked as a blacksmith and the couple had four children: Alice Eva (1904-1991), Percy Charles (1909-1989), Thomas (1919-1919) and Jack (1919-1919). They lived at 12 Queen’s Street and in April 1915 he was called up to served with again with the R.F.A. In 1939 he and Helena were living at Queen’s Street and he was documented as being a blacksmith. He died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and his funeral took place on 19 June.

Ellen (Helena, Nellie) Hogger (née Stearn) (c.1880 – 31 January 1963)

Ellen was documented as being called Ellen throughout her life (census records etc), but her death registration and grave monument record her name as Helena.  From newspaper reports it is believed that she was called Nellie at home. Although it is unclear what she was called, the name Helena will be used here.

Helena was the daughter of agricultural labourer James  and Emma Stearn and was born in Trumpington. She grew up at Whitelock’s Yard in Trumpington and aged 19 was working as a laundry maid. She died aged 80 years old.

Charlies’ parents are also buried at Mill Road Cemetery but their grave has not yet been identified.  Farrier-Major James Hogger died 10 July 1914 and the Cambridge Independent Press reported the funeral writing ‘Mr. Hogger who was a Cambridge man, had served for upwards of 21 years in the 12th Lancers’.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Spencer Hogger; Helena Hogger