CFHS code : CL73

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM ARTHUR PEAK d August 1st 1933 aged 67 In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH SUMMERS PEAK d February 2nd 1931 aged 65 also of Pte ALFRED EDWARD PEAK killed in action September 25th 1915 age 23

Monument : Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202319,  0.13852573 – click here for location

Peak grave
Peak monument


This coped stone in red marble with metal lettering in the parish area of St Clement is located against the eastern boundary wall, beneath trees, to the east of the eastern path. This grave was located and recorded by the Sixth-formers of the Parkside Federation, Cambridge on 14 November 2012.

Peak inscription
Peak inscription


‘In loving memory of William Arthur Peak
died August 1st 1933 aged 67 years. R. I. P.’

‘In loving memory of Elizabeth Summers Peak
died February 2nd 1931 aged 65 years. R. I. P.’

‘Also of Pte Alfred Edward Peak
killed in action September 25th 1915 aged 23 years. R. I. P.’

William Arthur Peak (formerly Waterson) (1865-1933)

William was born in 1865 in Cambridge.  He was the natural born son of Elizabeth Waterson (c.1845-1871).  A year after his birth his mother married William Bennett Peak (1847-1919) in Shoreditch, London with whom she had two more children.  The family lived at 7 North Street, London but after the death of Elizabeth the family returned to Cambridge.  William senior remarried in 1876 in Cambridge to Emily Tarrant (1856-1938) in Cambridge with whom he had twelve children.  In 1881 William junior was still living at home at 4 Elm Street, Cambridge and he was working as an Errand Boy for a shop.  He married Elizabeth Summers Allen (1865-1931 in 1886 in Cambridge.  They had twelve children of whom seven survived infancy: Charles Frederick (1887-1890); Alfred Edward (1889-1889);William (1890-1960); Alfred Edward (1891-1915); Elizabeth (1893-1959); Henry (1894-1895); John (1895-1970); Frederick (1897-1947); Edith Mary (1898-1978); Robert (1901-1901); and Francis Reginald (1903-1974).  By 1891 the family was living at 9 St John’s Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire.  William junior was working as a metal engraver (like William senior) but he was also working as a carriers agent.  His wife was assisting him in the business.  William died on 1 August 1933 in Bedford.  He was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on 4 August.

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Elizabeth Summers Peak (née Allen) (1865-1931)

Elizabeth was born in 1865 in St James, Westminster, London.  She was the eldest of at least seven children born to Frederick Allen (1840-1910) and Mary Ann Allen (née Summers) (1839-1899), both of whom are also buried in this Cemetery.  In 1871 the family was living in Blossom Street, Cambridge.  In 1881 Elizabeth was living with her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Summers (née Scott).  Elizabeth junior was working as a servant.  She married William Arthur Peak (1865-1933) in 1886 in Cambridge.  Elizabeth died on 2 February 1931 in Cambridge.

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Alfred Edward Peak  (1891- 1915) WW1 soldier -see also Life Story page
Alfred was born in 1891 in Bedford, Bedfordshire.  He was one of twelve children born to William Arthur Peak (1865-1933) and Elizabeth Summers Peak (née Allen).  In 1911 Alfred was a boarder and living at 5 Priory Terrace, Downham Market, Cambridgeshire.  He was working as a butcher.  When war broke out Alfred enlisted at Sunstreet as Private 3061, 7th (City of London) Battalion, and he was living in Nunhead, London.  Alfred was killed in action on 25 September 1915.  He was commemorated on Panels 130-135, Loos Memorial in France.  He was also commemorated at St Mary’s, Bedford.

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The War Graves Photographic Project
Census: 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Bedfordshire Times and Independent, Friday, 29 October 1915
Bedfordshire Times and Independent, Friday, 4 August 1933

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

Alfred Edward Peak; Elizabeth Summers Peak; William Arthur Peak