CFHS code : CL78

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH MARY the devoted wife of Ex Det Insp L P MARSH d April 6th 1932 aged 76 also of LAZARUS POTTER MARSH d Sep 4th 1938 aged 83 and ELSIE MAY MARSH d Aug 31st 1947 aged 55

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202391, 0.13848532 – click here for location

Marsh grave
Marsh monument

Headstone with pedestal, with inscription on scroll, with urn and kerb stones, all in grey marble. This grave was completely restored in September 2012, having previously been vandalised. The monument is located in the St Clement section of the cemetery, close to the eastern path and a few feet from the eastern boundary wall, south of the path to the central circle (at the rear of the Cambridge Blue public house).

Marsh inscription
Marsh inscription

‘In loving memory of Elizabeth Mary
the devoted wife of ex. Det. Insp. L P Marsh
who died April 6th 1932 aged 76 years’

“I heard the voice of Jesus say,
Come unto me and rest.”

‘Also of Lazarus Potter Marsh
who died Sep 4th 1938 aged 83 years’

‘and Elsie May Marsh
who died Aug 31st 1947 aged 55 years.’

Elizabeth Mary Marsh (c1856-1932)

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Lazarus Potter Marsh (c1855/1856-1938)policeman – see also Life Story page
Lazarus was born in West Wratting (a village south-east of Cambridge) in about 1855/56, the son of John Precious Marsh, a farm worker and local Methodist preacher, and Mary (née Potter). Lazarus had moved to Cambridge by 1881, when he was lodging with his sister and husband in the Kite district, and was by then a police constable in the Cambridge Borough Police Force.

Lazarus’s wife Elizabeth Mary (née Benson) was born in the village of Hinxton (near Duxford, south of Cambridge) in about 1856. In 1881, she was working in Cambridge as housemaid to a University professor. The couple married in 1884, and by 1891 were living in a tied police house, 48 Covent Garden, in the Mill Road area. By 1895, Lazarus had been promoted to the rank of detective police constable, by 1913 to that of detective police sergeant, and by 1922 he had retired. He continued to live in the Covent Garden house until his death in 1938.

Lazarus and Mary had two children: Ethel Mary, born around 1888, and Bertram Potter, born about 1890. Ethel Mary married another police constable, Samuel Squires, in 1910. In 1918, Bertram married Elsie May (née Curtis), the third person recorded on the gravestone, who must have been born about 1877. Bertram was a bank clerk before the First World War, fought in France during the war, then returned to his job at Barclays Bank in Cambridge, dying there in 1961.

Elsie May Marsh (d 1947)

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Census returns 1861–1911
Spalding Cambridge street directories
General Record Office indexes of births, marriages and deaths
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
British Army WWI Pensions Records (National Archives).

By Ian Bent with thanks to Judy Lester

Elizabeth Mary Marsh; Elsie May Marsh; Lazarus Potter Marsh