We know that Kate was buried at Mill Road Cemetery, but her grave was not found by CFHS when they surveyed the cemetery.

Kate Elizabeth Pont (née Palmer) (1884 – 8 November 1919)

Kate was born at 21 Macclesfield Street in Islington, and is believed to have been the daughter of smith Alfred Palmer and his wife Mary.  She was baptised at St John’s Church, Hackney on 30 March 1884.  She grew up with her uncle and aunt – Joseph and Emma Redfarn at 15 Gwydir Street (1901).  Joseph was a butcher and in 1901 Kate was working as a book keeper for the business.  By 1911 the three of them had moved to live at 2 Oundle Villas, Newmarket Road and Kate was described on the census as assisting in the home.

She married tailor Sydney James Pont  (1884-1960) in 1912 and the couple adopted a son – George. Sydney went to work in Coventry, and Kate moved to be with him shortly before her death. She died at 7 Friars’ Road, Coventry after ‘a very short illness’ aged 35 years old.  Her body was brought back to Cambridge and she was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 15 November 1919.  The service was held at the Wesley Church, King Street where she had previously worshipped and where it was said ‘her activities in the church were manifest’.  The coffin was reported to have been covered ‘with magnificent floral tokens, as was also the glass hearse’.

Sydney married for a second time in 1925 to Lily Dadswell (1881-1959) and died in Coventry aged 75 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Kate Elizabeth Pont