CFHS code : PL556

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of CLARA SOPHIA wife of CHARLES WILSON d Mar 3 1918 aged 57 also CHARLES WILSON d Mar 20 1944 aged 82 kerbs also LILIAN CATHERINE MCLEAN d April 9th 1964 aged 80

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202373, 0.13601118 – click here for location

Wilson headstone 2016


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located one row east of the west wall.



‘In Loving Memory of Clara Sophia beloved wife of Charles S Wilson
Who passed away Mar 3rd 1918 aged 57 years.

Also Charles Wilson died March 20 1944 aged 82.’


‘Also Lilian Catherine Mclean died April 9th 1964 aged 80’

Clara Sophia Wilson (née Clarke) (1860 – 3 March 1918)

Clara was the daughter of Charles and Sophia Jones Clarke and she was baptised on 2 June 1861.  She grew up at 4 Thompsons Lane, where her father was a bricklayer.  Her father died when she was small and she then lived at 20 Gothic Street (at least 1871 onwards) with her mother and siblings.  Sophia worked as a college bedmaker, and Clara worked as a needle worker.  Clara married Charles Wilson in 1899 when she was 39 years old.  Charles ran a dairy from 34 Coronation Street, and in 1911 she was assisting him in the business.  She died ‘suddenly’ at home in 1918 aged 58 years old.

Charles Wilson (1861 – 20 March 1944)

Charles was born in Cambridge and was the son of Uriah and Harriett Wilson.  When he was first born the family lived at 1 Dolphin Place where Uriah was a dairyman and publican.  By the time Charles was 9 years old the family were living at 21 Russell Street, where Uriah ran his dairy business, they later moved to 34 Coronation Street.  In 1881 Charles was working as a drapers cutter, and in 1891 he was as furniture removal assistant and waiter.

In 1939 he was living at 75 Russell Street with housekeeper Lilian Mclean and is noted on the census as being incapacitated. He died at Russell Street aged 82 years old.

Lilian Catherine McLean (née Clarke) (14 May 1883 – 9 April 1964)

Lilian was the daughter of George and Mary Ann Clarke and niece of Clara Wilson.  Her father was a boot and shoe clicker (someone who cuts the leather uppers for shoes) and she grew up at 19 Gwydir Street.  Her father died when she was young and she lived with her widowed mother and siblings at Gwydir Street (1891).  In 1911 she was living with her uncle, Henry Clarke at 20 Gothic Street and working as a milliner in a drapers shop.  No marriage record has been found, but in the 1939 record she was living at 75 Russell Street with Charles Wilson and her son Geoffrey McLean (1920-2003).  She is documented as being married, and Geoffrey is thought to have been born in Godstone in Surrey.   She had been living at Russell Street since at least 1927, and died there in 1964 aged 80 years old.



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Lilian Catherine McLean; Charles Wilson; Clara Sophia Wilson