CFHS code : HT112

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WALTER FREDERICK the beloved husband of ELIZABETH STEARN d April 13 1928 In Loving Memory of FANNY younger daughter of WALTER and ELIZABETH STEARN d March 11 1958 In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH the beloved wife of WALTER FREDERICK STEARN d Jan 20 1908 aged 51 In Loving Memory of FLORENCE ELIZABETH STEARN d Nov 1 1943

Monument : Stone cross (top fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Stearn monument



Walter Frederick Stearn (1852 – 13 April 1928)

Walter was the son of James and Susannah and was baptised on 30 January 1853 at St. Mary the Less Church. He grew up at 9 Church Street and his father worked as a tailor. Walter worked as a shoemaker and married Elizabeth Backler in 1876. They had two daughters: Florence and Fanny who are buried in the same grave. The family lived at Audley Villa, 109 Newmarket Road, where Walter died in April 1928. His funeral took place on 16 April.

Fanny Backler Stearn (4 January 1879 – 11 March 1958)

Fanny lived at Newmarket Road her entire life.  She was not documented as having an occupation and died at home aged 79 years old.

Elizabeth Stearn (née Backler) (1853 – 20 January 1908)

Elizabeth was the daughter of gardener George Backler and Elizabeth (née Last) and grew up at 48 Bradmore Street. She worked as a dressmaker prior to marrying Walter Stearn. She died at Audley Villa and her funeral took place on 23 January 1908.

Her sisters Emily, Agnes, Clara and Mary Sophia are buried in the St. Clements area of Mill Road Cemetery. Her parents and elder brother George are buried in the parish of St Andrew the Less with no known monument.

Florence Elizabeth Stearn (10 January 1877 – 1 November  1943)

Florence worked as a schoolmistress and lived at Newmarket Road her whole life. After the death of her parents she lived at Audley Villa with her sister Fanny and in 1939 was documented as being a retired Head teacher. She died at home aged 66 years old.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Stearn; Fanny Stearn; Florence Elizabeth Stearn; Walter Frederick Stearn