CFHS code : HT600

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT PARKER d 6 Jan 1910 aged 52 also daughter OLIVE MAY PARKER d 1 Feb 1933 aged 43 also LYDIA PARKER wife of above d 15 Jan 1946 aged 79

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Robert Parker (1857 – 6 January  1910)

Robert was born in Debenham, Suffolk and baptised there on 31 January 1858. He was the son of labourer John and Harriet Parker, and his father died when he was 3 years old. Harriet worked as a laundress and raised Robert and his three siblings at Back Lane, Debenham.  He worked as a shoemaker (1871) in Debenham before moving to lodge at Walpole Lane, Cambridge (1881) when he started working  as an engine driver for Great Eastern Railway (G.E.R.). He married Lydia Lemon in Ely in 1885 and they had nine children: Edith (1886-), Olive May (1889-1933), Thomas (1891-1960), Ellen (1894-), Samuel (1896-), George (1898-), Robert (1901-1982), Florence Lydia (1904-1984), Reuben John (1907-1995). Their first three children were born in Ely, but by 1901 they were living at 25 St. Phillip’s Road. They later lived at 86 Sedgwick Street where Robert died aged 52 years old. His funeral took place on 12 January 1910.

Olive May Parker (1889 – 1 February  1933)

Olive was born in Ely and aged 22 was living at home and working as a ladies dressmaker. In July 1920 she was found wandering along Devonshire Road at 5am by P.C. Jacob.  The policeman had been alerted by a house owner that she was on fire in his passageway, and when found ‘the bottom of her dress was entirely burnt away, her body and legs were badly burned and she was in a state of collapse’.  When questioned she said that she had been lighting a fire when her clothes caught on fire. She was taken to Addenbrooke’s  Hospital and only regained consciousness at midday.  She was reported to have badly burned her left side and left hip.

Olive died at Fulbourn Asylum aged 43 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 4 February 1933.

Lydia Parker (née Lemon) (20 October 1866 – 15 January 1946)

Lydia was born in Ely and was the daughter of Reuben and Martha (née Page). Her father was a labourer and she grew up at Broad Street, Ely (1871) and Cutter Yard, Ely (1881). Before her marriage to Robert Parker she was working as a dressmaker’s apprentice. After she was widowed she continued to live at Sedgwick Street and in 1939 was living there with son Robert, who was a railway engine fitter. Lydia died at Chesterton Infirmary, Union Lane aged 79 years old.



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Lydia Parker; Olive May Parker; Robert Parker