CFHS code : CL52
Parish : St Clement
Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM KIRK d May 1st 1922 aged 32 This stone is placed by his devoted wife
Monument : Kerb stones/Open Book
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202434, 0.13812149 – click here for location
These kerb stones with open book, are in the parish area of St Clement. The inscription is barely legible but the monument is intact.
In Loving Memory of WILLIAM KIRK died May 1st 1922 aged 32
This stone is placed by his devoted wife
William W Kirk (c.1890 – 1 May 1922)
William was born in Fulbourn, and was the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Kirk. His father was the publican of the Asylum Inn in Fulbourn and also worked as a coal merchant. William grew up at the Inn with his parents and sister Maud (1893-1970). In the census of 1911 he was described as a inn keeper/merchants assistant and was helping his father in the business. By this time Alfred had diversified further and had just started to run a small holding. William’s mother Elizabeth died in 1913, and his father remarried in 1916.
William married Elizabeth Sarah Stalley (1887-1967) in Cambridge on 11 January 1917. When he married he was living at 170 Mill Road, and was working as a police constable. Alfred Kirk went into bankruptcy in September 1917 with debts of £151, and assets of only £122. The poor harvest of 1916 had meant he was unable to pay his rent. When he went before the bankruptcy court his children claimed articles of furniture as having been left to them by their mother, and therefore out of scope of the court.
William served in the First World War as a Grenadier Guard. He then returned to live at 16 Suez Road, but died in Papworth Tuberculosis Colony aged 32 years old of T.B.
His widow did not remarry, and went to live with her father at 46 Marshall Road (1939). She died on 1st May 1967 at Marshall Road aged 79 years old. She died exactly 35 years to the day after her husband William.
by Mary Naylor and Claire Martinsen
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