CFHS code : PL382

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of MARTIN RADFORD father d 30 Nov 1924 aged 54 also of CHRISTINA RADFORD mother d 16 Dec 1943 aged 77 HAROLD V M RADFORD d 17 Jul 1920 aged 2[8] also of BERT S RADFORD d 25 Sept 1924 aged 24

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The cross just after restoration in 2015.


This cross stands roughly 7 rows west of the central path in the parish of St Paul. It was restored in 2015. We had to rely on the CFHS inscription as most of it is now illegible however the stonemason uncovered a further inscription on the bottom tier.
It marks a double plot and Martin’s parents are buried  in the same row 1 plot to the south but with no visible monument.

The only legible inscription found.


In Ever Loving Memory of MARTIN RADFORD father d 30 Nov 1924 aged 54 

Also of CHRISTINA RADFORD mother d 16 Dec 1943 aged 77

west face
HAROLD V M RADFORD d 17 Jul 1920 aged 20  

Also of BERT S RADFORD d 25 Sept 1924 aged 24

Also of ELIZABETH T. aged 3 years & CHARLES R. Aged 6 years
brother and sister of the above died Feb .. &  Feb .. 1906

Martin Radford (1870 – 30 November 1924)

Martin was the son of Martin and Mary Radford. He was born in Cambridge and grew up at 2 Frost’s Yard [1871] where his father was a coachman.  In 1881 he was living at 2 Tunwell’s Yard.  He was still living at home in April 1891 and was working as a coachman like his father.  He married Christina Harper later the same year.

Christina and Martin had at least five children: Harold Victor Martin [1892-1920], William Gilbert [1894-1969], Charles Robert [1900-1906] Elizabeth Thirza (1902 – 1906) and Herbert Sidney [1904-1924]. In 1901 and 1911 the family were living at 20 St Eligius Street and Martin had his own cab [a type of carriage].  By 1920 they were living at 163 Cherry Hinton Road. He died aged 54 years old, having outlived all but 1 of his children.

Christina Radford (née Harper) (25 December 1865 – 16 December 1943)

Christina was born in Helhoughton in Norfolk, which is a small village 4 miles south west of Fakenham.  She was the daughter of Arthur and Emily Harper, and Arthur was the village baker.  Christina was baptised in Helhoughton on 15th November 1868.  When the 1891 census was taken she was working as a general servant for Major General Scott and his wife Eliza at 4 Brookside. She married Martin Radford at St Paul’s church on December 21st that same year 4 days before her 25th birthday.

In 1939 she was living with her remaining son William Gilbert and his wife Olga, at 163 Cherry Hinton Road.  She died at 16 Golding Road in 1943.

Harold Victor Martin Radford (1892 – 17 July 1920)

Harold was born in Cambridge and raised at St Eligius Street.  In 1911 he was living at home and working as an under chauffeur. He served as a Private in the Royal Army Service Corps during the 1st World War. He died of Tuberculosis at the Papworth Hosptial aged 28 years old.

Herbert Sidney Radford (10 July 1904 – 25 September 1924)  

Herbert  baptised Sidney Herbert but always known as Bert. He too served in the 1st World War. He died in Cambridge in 1924 aged 20 years old

Elizabeth Thirza (1902 – February 1906)

Elizabeth was the only daughter born to Christina & Martin

Charles Robert Radford (1904 – February 1906)

Charles was the 2nd  child born to Christina & Martin. The parish baptism record transcribed his name as Charles Arthur. He was buried 6 days after his little sister so it is possible that they had both contracted a common childhood illness 



Newspaper archives

CFHS transcripts of parish and grave registers

by Claire Martinsen

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Bert Sidney Radford; Charles Robert Radford; Christina Radford; Elizabeth Thirza Radford; Harold V.M. Radford; Martin Radford