CFHS code : BE51

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear husband JOHN WILLIAM PICK d February 12 1910 aged 52 also LAURA his wife March 19 1917 aged 61 also ALICE RILEY d July 7 1924 aged 59

Monument : Kerb stones/Inclined slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in January 2020.

Monument This set of kerbs & small slab are hidden in grass roughly half way between the west path & the central path. The kerbs and corner posts have fallen and many of the metal letters are missing.



In Loving Memory of my dear husband JOHN WILLIAM PICK d February 12 1910 aged 52

also LAURA his wife March 19 1917 aged 61

small raised slab

Also ALICE RILEY died  July 7th 1924 aged 59

Relationship: Husband and wife, sister-in-law

John William Pick (1857 – 12 February 1910)

John was the son of Joseph and Jane Pick.  He was born in Witham on the Hill in Lincolnshire, and baptised on 5th December 1857.  His father was an agricultural labourer.  He married  Laura Bass in 1885, and worked as an insurance agent.  After marriage they lived at 27 Russell Street, and he died there aged 52 years old in 1910. He left effects valued at £753.

Laura Pick [nee Bass] (1856 – 19 March 1917)

Laura was the eldest daughter of James and Emma Bass.  She was born in Loosley Row, Buckinghamshire, but the family had moved to Cambridge by 1868.  James Bass was an agricultural farm labourer.  Laura was working as a servant at the age of 15, and she continued to do this until she married John Pick in 1885.  They didn’t have any children.

Laura continued to live at 27 Russell Street after the death of her husband John.  She took in boarders.  She died aged 61 years old in 1917.

Alice Lucy  Riley [nee Bass] (1865 – 7 July 1924)

The small slab in January 2020

Alice was Laura’s younger sister.  She was born in Trumpington, Cambridge. In 1883 ged 18 she married Matthew Benjamin Riley in Cambridge. Matthew was a widower with a young son George Eli, and he worked as  waiter in a Cambridge Hotel.

Alice and Matthew had three children together Herbert James [1886-1965], Mabel Francis [1890-1968] and Sidney Walter [1899-1922]. They lived in London, at 48 Woodland Road, Lambeth where Matthew continued to work as a waiter.  Matthew died in 1908 aged 54 years, after which Alice returned to Cambridge.  She is recorded at 27a Russell Street in 1911, living next door to her sister Laura, and working doing sewing.

Her youngest son Sidney died in 1922 of TB at Papworth Everard Hospital in Cambridge.  Alice herself died two years later aged 59 years old.


by Claire Martinsen

John William Pick; Laura Pick; Alice Riley