CFHS code : ED93

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : ILMO / LAURA AMY PATE / b July 12 1870 d July 22 1933

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203185, 0.1368843 – click here for location

Laura Amy Pate : headstone
Pate monument


This small oblong headstone with kerb stones, in the parish area of St Edward, is located five rows east of the western path, three graves north of the path from the centre circle to the western path, and close to a group of three graves of the Hunt family.


‛In loving memory of Laura Amy Pate
born July 12th 1870 died July 22nd 1933’

“Peace perfect peace”

Laura Amy Pate (1870-1933)

Laura was born 12 July 1870 in Canterbury, Kent, daughter of George Pate, carpenter, and Mary Pate (see their grave in this cemetery), while the family was living at 5 Underdown Road, Canterbury. By 1881, aged 10, she was living with the family at 3 Brunswick Cottages (Maids’ Causeway), Cambridge. Laura had six siblings: Mary (1859‒1937: see her grave in this cemetery), Harry (b.1862‒), Annie (c.1864‒1910: see her grave in this cemetery), Lizzie J (c.1873‒), John William (c.1875‒), and Minnie (c.1877‒).

In 1891 Laura was working as a baker’s assistant to George and Elizabeth Swan at 30 Newnham (Newnham Village), Cambridge. By 1901 she was an assistant to John C Cox, draper, shopkeeper and postmaster, and his wife Mary and daughter Ethel, at High Road, Chadwell Heath, Ilford, Essex. By 1911, she was living or staying with her brother-in-law, Harry William Sumpter, the husband of her late sister Annie, his son and daughter and a maidservant, at “The Willows”, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

Laura Amy Pate : grave
Laura Amy Pate monument

By the time of her death on 22 July 1933, she was in Fulbourn Mental Hospital, two miles south of Cambridge. Her burial service at the Church of St Edward King and Martyr, Cambridge and interment in Mill Road Cemetery, took place on 26 July (the grave having been dug the day before to a depth of 5 feet). She left £891 10s. 10d. to her elder brother John William, surveyor (probate 31 August 1933).

England Census Reports 1871‒1911
England & Wales Death Index, 1916‒2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1858‒1966
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, burial register and grave index

By Gary Sumpter and Ian Bent

Laura Amy Pate