CFHS code : BE3
Parish : St Bene’t
Inscription : In Memory of WALTER MALDEN August 11 1858 and of his wife CAROLINE ADA April 5 1865 May 5 1944
Monument : Stone cross (base only)/Kerb stones/Ground slab
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This stone cross with ground slab, the cross of which is lost, in the parish area of St Bene’t, is located two rows from the west side of the central path.
‛In memory of Walter Malden
August 11 1858 [‒] October 28 1918’
‛And of his wife Caroline Ada
April 5 1865 [‒] May 5 1944’
Walter Malden (11 August 1858 ‒ 28 October 1918) – WW1 doctor and civilian death – see also Life Story page
Walter was born in Dachet in Buckinghamshire. He was the son of the Rev. Clifford Malden and his wife Jane. Aged 2 (1861) he was living with his family in Castle Sowerby in Cumberland. He later went to Repton School and then to Trinity College Cambridge. He gained his B.A. in 1881 and his M.A. in 1883. He then qualified as a doctor at St.Bartholomew’s Hospital (1905) and practised at Pembury in Kent, at Tunbridge Wells before returing to Cambridge in 1903. He married Caroline Chapman at St Jude’s Church in Kensington on 30 August 1888. The couple had five children: Phyllis (1889-1986), Edmund Claud (1890-1962), Eustace Walter (1892-1973), Greta Ruth (1895-1986) and Joan Constance May (1900-).
He became Clinical Pathologist at Addenbrookes Hospital in 1908 and was the first to be in charge of the Bonnett Pathological Laboratory. Walter had advised Hannah Bonnett regarding the building of the facility in memory of her son. When the 1st World War broke out he joined the staff of the 1st Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge, taking the rank of Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). In June 1918 he was taken ill with what was reported as a ‘internal complaint’ and was operated on at St Thomas’s Hospital in July 1918. The operation was unable to cure him and he died at his home Bateman House, Bateman Street in October 1918. His funeral took place on 30 October at St Benet’s Church. The Mayor Rev. Dr. E.C. Pearce read the lesson at the church and conducted the graveside service at Mill Road Cemetery. There was no music at the service, which was noted in the Cambridge Daily News. The service was attended by representatives from the Great Eastern Hospital, from the Freemasons, representatives from Addenbrookes Hospital, from the Cambridge Chronicle and notable mourners such as Rev. Prof. Stanton, and Prof. G.H.F. Nuttall.
His obituary reported he was a keen Freemason, and ‘Friendly Societies came in for much of his interest. He performed a useful part in helping to smooth the difference which arose between members of the approved societies and the medical profession on the passing of the National Insurance Act and the creation of medical panels’. He was also said to be a prolific writer on medical subjects and was editor of ‘Medical World’. He was Chairman of the Directors of the Cambridge Chronicle, and editor of the ‘First Eastern General Hospital Gazette’. His politics were said to be ‘progressive Conservative’.
Caroline Ada Malden (née Chapman) (5 April 1865 – 5 May 1944)
Caroline was the daughter of Edmund Henry and Georgiana Chapman. She was born in London and was raised at Claremont House in Sydenham. Her father was a successful East Indies merchant. Once her father died in 1874 she lived wit her widowed mother and sisters before marrying Walter Malden when she was 23 years old.
After she was widowed she went to live at 46 Granchester Road. She was living there in 1939 with her daughters Phyllis and Greta. She died at her home in May 1944 aged 79 years old.
A Cambridge Alumni Database
By Claire Martinsen with additional information by Ian Bent and Joanna Costin
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