CFHS code : AG116
Parish : St Andrew the Great
Inscription : In Fondest MO WILLIAM CHARLES HORSPOOL d July 16 1915 aged 52 also SARAH LAMKIN HORSPOOL his wife d Feb 10 1933 aged 67 also of Sergt WILLIAM SIDNEY HORSPOOL died in Salonika Sep 29 1918 aged 26
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202700, 0.13677657 – click here for location
This headstone with kerb stones, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, is located in the mid-southern part of the area. If you can find the kerb stones for Tebbs halfway along the path leading from the western path to the centre circle, on the right, then go due south six graves.
[based on the transcript by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society]
‘In fondest memory of William Charles Horspool
who died July 16 1915 aged 52’
‘Also Sarah Lamkin Horspool his wife
died Feb 10 1933 aged 67’
‘Also of Sergt William Sidney Horspool
who died in Salonika Sept 29 1918 aged 26’
William Charles Sidney Horspool (1892‒1918) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
[The following is transcribed from CWGC: Soldiers died in the Great War; Service Records at TNA via www.ancestry.co.uk, research by John P H Frearson:]
“William Charles Sidney Horspool was the son of William and Sarah Horspool [both buried in this grave] of 6 Parker Street, Cambridge. His father William was a bookbinder. In 1914, William Charles gave up his job as an assistant/clerk at a Cambridge grocer’s shop and joined the local territorial unit of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) at the age of 22.
On leave during 1916, he visited Hunstanton and stayed at the same guest house as 18-year-old Connie Ashton from Lubenham in Leicestershire. Those four days made an impression, and after parting with a single kiss, he wrote to Connie every week (generally on a Tuesday) for the next two years.
William Charles Horspool (1863-1915)
William snr. was born in 1863 in Cambridge. He was one of at least eight children born to William Charles Horspool senior and Emma Horspool (née Harrison). His father was a boot closer. The family lived at 3 John Street, Cambridge. William became a book binder. He married Sarah Lamkin Wilson in 1890 in Cambridge. They had three children: William Charles Sidney (1892‒1918), Mabel Emma Jane (1896‒1973) and Leslie Jack (1906‒65). The family lived at 6 Parker Street, Cambridge and took in at least one lodger. This lodger was a James Ross Clemens (1866‒1948). He was a medical student from St Louis, USA and was the second cousin of Mark Twain, the author. Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and The Prince and the Pauper. James eventually became a Professor at the St. Louis University specialising in paediatrics. William died on 16 July 1915 in Cambridge. He was heavily involved with the Friendly Society and his funeral was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press.
Sarah Lamkin Horspool (née Wilson) (c.1866‒1933)
Sarah was born in about 1866 in Ely, Cambridgeshire. She was the daughter of Charles Wilson and Jane Wilson (née Atkin). Her father was an omnibus driver and then a domestic gardener. Her mother was a bedmaker for one of the Colleges. The family lived at St. John’s Place, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire and then 4 Emmanuel Road, Cambridge. She married William Charles Horspool junior in 1890 in Cambridge. They had three children: William Charles Sidney (1892‒1918), Mabel Emma Jane (1896‒1973) and Leslie Jack (1906‒65). Sarah died on 10 February 1933 in Cambridge.
A Cambridge newspaper of 21 September 1917 records a further Horspool war death:
Pte A. E. Horspool, of Abbey Dairy, Cambridge, who was unofficially reported killed, is now officially reported missing since Aug 9th.
Albert Ernest Horspool was William Charles Sidney’s paternal first cousin.
There are also two other graves in Mill Road Cemetery that record the deaths of members of the Horspool family. They are:
William Charles Horspool (d. 1872) and Emma Horspool (d. 1907) —William Charles Sidney’s paternal grandparents.
Dora Beatrice Horspool (née Wortley) (d. 1980) Albert Ernest’s widow
War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916 – 2007
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 – 1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
The text quoted above is part of the Ashton Archive
By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent