CFHS code : CL29

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of PERCY JOSEPH MASTERS d Sept 30th 1912 aged [32] also of JAMES GEORGE MASTERS d May 10th 1918 aged 72 also of SUSAN REBECCA his wife d Sep 25th 1929 aged 83

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202457, 0.13785916 – click here for location

Masters monument December 2018


The headstone was covered in Ivy and we were unable to photograph it in 2018. However an inscription was found on the right kerb which had not been recorded in 2000.


In Loving Memory of PERCY JOSEPH MASTERS d Sept 30th 1912 aged 32

Also of JAMES GEORGE MASTERS d May 10th 1918 aged 72

Also of SUSAN REBECCA his wife d Sep 25th 1929 aged 83

Kerb stone

Harriot Masters died 1937

Relationships – James and Susan were husband and wife. Harriot was their daughter and Percy their son.

Percy Joseph Masters (1880 – 30 September 1912)

Percy was the son of James and Susan and grew up 31 Bridge Street where his father was a dairyman.  In 1901 he was working as a tabacconist’s assistant and in  1904/1905 was living at Burleigh Street. In June 1905 Percy appeared as a witness in a court case against Ernest Harris of Dalston.  Ernest had been arrested hawking cigars in Cambridge, he had entered Percy’s store and offered him cigars for sale but Percy had not bought any.

By 1911 had returned to live at 31 Bridge Street with his parents and was documented as being an unemployed clerk. Percy was a member of the C.E.Y.M.S (Church of England Young Mens Society) Debating Club and in 1901 was serving as secretary of the club. He died aged 32 years old.

James George Masters (1845 – 10 May 1918)

James was the son of James and Mary Ann (née Richardson) and was baptised on 2 January 1848 at All Saints’ Church. His father was a butcher/publican and later  a cowkeeper/milkman and James grew up on Jesus Lane. He married Susan Saunders on 1 January 1868 at St. Clement’s Church and the couple had eleven children: James Thomas (1868-1940), Susannah Elizabeth (1870-1955), Rev. Frederick George (1871-1939), Ada Fanny (1873-1883), Harriot Ellen (1874-1937), Annie Louise (1875-1956), Percy Joseph and a further four children who died as infants.  In 1871 the family were living at 29 Park Street but by 1881 had moved to 31 Bridge Street.

In April 1865 he was charged with ‘causing malicious damage to grass and herbage on land of Mr Thomas Willett…by allowing seventeen cows to feed on the same’. In court James argued that the right of way along the road to the river was not simple and lots of the people in the parish used the roadway to take their cows to the river to drink. Nevertheless he was fined 6d, a further 6d in damages and costs.

In May 1901 he appeared in court again accused of selling milk ‘adulterated by  having had not less than 13% of its natural cream extracted’.  James pleaded not guilty and Superintendant Webb said he had seen an employee of James’  ‘hawking milk in a can’ which was later proven to contain low levels of cream.  James said that the grass was sour at the time which ‘added to the poorness of the milk. He hoped that the bench would dismiss the case’.  The Chairman did dismiss the case but added that ‘he was sorry the law was such that it made it possible to sell such impoverished milk’.

In December 1914 James was successful in obtaining one of the two homes available at the Albert Benevolent Homes on Hills Road. Seventeen people had applied and votes were held to decide which two people should receive the available places : James received the most votes (684).   He died at 7 Albert Buildings aged 72 years old.

Susan Rebecca Masters  (née Saunders) (1846 – 25 September 1929)

Susan was the daughter of Thomas and Frances (née Salisbury) and was baptised on 26 April 1846 at St. Clement’s Church. She grew up at 24 Thompson’s Lane and her father worked as an auctioneer’s porter. She continued to live at 7, Royal Albert Buildings after she was widowed and died aged 83 years old.

Harriot Ellen Masters (1874 – 10 June 1937)

Harriot was the third daughter of James and Susan and in 1911 was working as a tailoress  from 31 Bridge Street. She later moved to live at 7 Hertford Street but died in hospital in London.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Harriet Masters; James George Masters; Percy Joseph Masters; Susan Rebecca Masters
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