CFHS code : CL89

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of my beloved husband WILLIAM MEASURES Colour Sergeant Instructor Suffolk Regt d Aug 26 1933 aged 67 also of SARAH ANN MEASURES d Feb 20 1936 aged 71

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202463, 0.13850339 – click here for location

Measures headstone January 2019


The headstone is partially hidden behind a tree east of the east path. The kerb stones are intact but the ground within the grave set has sunk.


Sacred to the Memory of my beloved husband WILLIAM MEASURES
Colour Sergeant Instructor Suffolk Regt who died Aug 26. 1933. Aged 67 years

“Thy will be done”

Also of SARAH ANN MEASURES who died Feb. 20. 1936. Aged 71 years.

William Measures (1866 – 26 August 1933)

William was the illegitimate child of Ann Willis (1837-1886) and was baptised William Measures Willis on 12 August 1866. Ann married William Bridgeman Measures (1831-1900) in 1868 and it is thought that William Measures was William’s father.  He took on the name William Measures and grew up on the High Street, Chesterton where William (Snr) was a fossil labourer.  The family later moved to live at 160 Newmarket Road and in 1881, 15 year old William was working as a ‘printer’s prep boy’. He enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment  in 1884 and was pensioned in  May 1908 as a Colour Sergeant.

William married Sarah Stearn in 1902, and they had one child who died as an infant. In retirement he was the Hall keeper of a Working Men’s Club in Wisbech (at least 1911 onwards) and died in Wisbech  aged 67 years old.

Sarah Ann Measures  (née Stearn) (11 April 1864 – 20 February 1936)

Sarah was born in Kingston, Canada and baptised there on 17 April 1864. Her parents were Private Charles Stearn (1827-1910) and Catharine (1835-1907).  Charles Stearn was a soldier in the Royal Canadian Rifle Brigade and was pensioned c.1868.  The family returned to live in Barrintgon (1871/1881) where Charles was an army pensioner/labourer.  They then moved to live at 2 Ross Street (1891) and 390 Mill Road (1901) and Sarah lived at home and worked as a launderess. She married William Measures when she was 38 years old and after he died went to live at 58 Sedgwick Street. Sarah died at Addenbrookes Hospital.



by Claire Martinsen

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Sarah Ann Measures; William Measures