CFHS code : ED26

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH SMITH d Sep 8 1944 aged 82 ALBERT WILLIAM SMITH d May 4 1955 aged 93

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203143, 0.1372335 – click here for location

Smith monument 2017

Monument

This set of kerb stones, of which the south kerb has subsided, in the parish area of St Edward, is located four rows west of the central path, and 30 yards north of the centre circle.

Inscription

In loving memory of Sarah Smith
who died Sep 8 1944 aged 82 years

Albert William Smith
died May 4 1955 aged 93 years

Sarah Smith (c.1862-1944)

Sarah, whose date of birth and maiden name are currently unknown, was born c.1862 in Bursledon, Eastleigh, near Southampton, Hampshire.  Nothing of her childhood or upbringing is known.

Sarah married Albert William Smith, tailor’s assistant, in about 1888 and the couple lived at first in Newnham Croft, Cambridge, and by 1901 at 3 Clarendon Street (Kite district), where she lived until her death.  They had no children.

Sarah died on 8 September 1944 at the age of 82, and her body was buried in Mill Road Cemetery four days later, in row XXX of the St Edward parish area, in grave 14, at a depth of 8 feet.

Albert William Smith (1861-1955)

Albert was born on 14 December 1861, son of William Smith, railway employee, and his wife Hannah (both c.1830‒), and was baptised in the church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, on 2 March 1862.  At the time of his birth, the family was living at 6 Downing Street, Cambridge with his grandfather James, widower, ostler (c.1805‒), and three siblings, Sarah Ann (c.1856‒), Fanny (c.1858‒) and Arthur (c.1860‒).  His father died sometime in the 1860s, and mother in the 1870s.  By 1881, the children were living together at 4 Bradmore Street (off East Road): Sarah Ann (25), as head of household, and Fanny (23), both laundresses, Arthur (21), a railway porter, while Albert (19) had become a tailor’s assistant.

3 Clarendon Street (blue door) in 2017

Albert married Sarah (maiden name unknown), of Bursledon, Hampshire, in about 1888, and by 1891 the couple were living in Newnham Croft.  In 1901 they were at 3 Clarendon Street (Kite district), and that would remain the family home until 1955.  By 1911 Albert was a ‛tailor’s cutter’.  By 1939, his occupation is given as ‛tailor (retired) master’.  The marriage was childless.

Albert William died on 4 May 1955 at the age of 93.  Since the St Edward burial register and grave book both cease recording in 1950, we do not have his burial details, other than that he was buried in the same grave as Sarah, probably at a depth of 7 feet.  At the time of his death he was resident in The Old People’s Home, Walnut House, Huntingdon.  With no natural heirs, he left effects to the value of £3,386 14s 4d to ‛Thomas George Macdonald North retired cemetery custodian and John Pickering retired tailor’.

[If you have any information about these two persons or others mentioned, please contact us at Friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]

Sources:
England census returns 1861 to 1901
England & Wales census return 1911
1939 register transcript (FMP)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837‒1915 (Albert)
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975 (Albert)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858‒1966 (Albert)
Church of St Edward, burial register and grave book (Sarah)
Church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, baptism register (Albert)

By Ian Bent

 

Albert William Smith; Sarah Smith