CFHS code : PL570
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH EVANS ANN MARY beloved wife of GEORGE R KETT born at Islington Feb 9th 1860 died at Cambridge Oct 16th 1913 and of GEORGE ROBERT KETT OBE born at Cambridge Oct 14th 1860 died at Stapleford Cambridge July 1st 1933
Monument : Cruciform Coped stone (mourning woman at base)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This tomb forms a group with the other listed Kett, Rattee and Moyes’ graves nearby. It is a chest tomb, carved out of a single piece of York stone, with a cruciform top and coped edges. At one end, carved in high relief, is a kneeling figure of Mary Magdalene holding a jar. There is an inscription to Elizabeth, who died in 1913, and George Robert, who died in 1933.
‘Sacred to the memory of
Elizabeth Evans Ann Mary beloved wife of George R Kett
born at Islington Feb 9th 1860[,] died at Cambridge Oct 16th 1913’
‘And of George Robert Kett OBE
born at Cambridge October 14th 1860
died at Stapleford Cambridge July 1st 1933’
The photograph was almost certainly that of the burial of Elizabeth Evans Ann Mary Kett on 16 October 1913. Evidence for this is: (a) the latest inscription date is 1910 on the Bowyer grave at the left of picture; (b) the older Kett grave at the rear does not yet have the inscription for the death of Frederick James Kett in 1916; (c) the technique used for this genuinely colour-photographic image is most likely autochrome, invented in France in 1903, its use dying out in the 1930s as other colour processes were developed.
Elizabeth Evans Ann Mary Kett (née Coles) (1860‒1913)
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George Robert Kett (1860-1933)
George Robert Kett OBE came from a long line of George Ketts – he was the grandson of the George Kett who in 1843 co-founded the architectural wood and stone carvers Rattee & Kett, and the son of George Kett JP, three times mayor of Cambridge.
George Robert married Elizabeth Coles of London in 1884, and they had three children, Catharine (1885‒), Hilda (1887‒) and George (1891‒). During World War I, George Robert ran the National Service Scheme and became Cambridge’s Executive Officer for Food Control. He was awarded an OBE for his services to the country. His grandfather George Kett is also buried in Mill Road Cemetery.