CFHS code : AG119

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : ILMO HARRY PARKER d Feb 28 1918 aged 58 in the midst of life we are in death also of SARAH ANN his wife d July 24 1931 aged 65

Monument : Headstone – Open Book/Kerb stones/Urn

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202684, 0.13672856 – click here for location

Parker headstone March 2019

Monument

In the southern section of the parish, roughly nine rows from the west path and partially hidden in bushes.

Inscription

left side

In Loving Memory of HARRY PARKER who died Feb 28 1918 aged 58 years

“In the midst of life we are in death”

right side

Also of SARAH ANN his wife who died July 24 1931 aged 65 years

“At rest”

According to the grave register Margaret Parker is also buried here

Relationships: Mother, son and his wife

Margaret Parker (1834 – 1904)

Margaret was born in Stow cum Quy to Mary and Henry, a farm labourer. She became a dressmaker.  In 1881 she was a widow and living with her son Harry in King Street where she kept a lodging house. By 1891 she had moved to 9 Elm Street which is where she died aged 70.

Harry C Parker (1860 – 1918)

Harry was born in Cambridge, the son of Margaret and Thomas, an engineer. He was brought up in in Chesterton. Harry started work in grocer’s shop but by 1891 had become a paper hanger.  He married Sarah Bavister at St Matthew’s church on May 19th 1895. Sarah and her 2 year old son, Harry C, had been lodging with Harry and Margaret in 1891. By 1901 they had two children: Rosetta (1895) and George E (1897) and were living with Harry’s mother in Elm Street. He was for many years the secretary of the *R.O.A.B. & Cambridge & District Council Share Out Clubs Federation.
Harry died at 9 Elm Street. His funeral was reported in the local papers.

*Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes – a masonic organisation

Back of the monument

Sarah Ann Parker (née Bavister) (1866 – 1931)

Sarah was born in Cambridge the daughter of Eliza and William, a labourer. In 1871 she was living with her family in Brown’s Yard, off Newmarket Road.  In 1891 she gave her occupation as nurse. It is not known who fathered her first child.

She died in hospital.

Sources:

CFHS transcripts of parish and census records
Find My Past
Family Search
British Newspaper Archives.

by Mary Naylor

Harry Parker; Sarah Ann Parker