CFHS code : AG406

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : IARO ANNIE / the dearly beloved wife of / HARRY WM SUMPTER / d Oct 30th 1910 / aged 47 / also HARRY WM SUMPTER / husband of the above / d Nov 13 1915 aged 52

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20290162, 0.13725084 – click here for location

Headstone of Harry and Annie Sumpter
Sumpter headstone


This sandstone headstone without kerb stones, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, is located in the outer ring of the centre circle, to the west, close to the path from the centre circle to the western path.


‛In affectionate remembrance of
[decorative panel]
Annie the dearly beloved wife of Harry Wm Sumpter
who passed away October 30th 1910 aged 47 years.’

‛Also Harry Wm Sumpter husband of the above
who passed away Nov. 13, 1915 aged 52 years.’

“Thy will be done.”

Annie Sumpter (née Pate) (c.1864‒1910)

Annie Pate was born c.1864 in London, probably at 42 Albert Street, Islington, daughter of George Pate (c.1835‒), carpenter, of Haddenham, Cambs, and Mary Pate (c.1836‒) of March, Cambs (see their grave in this cemetery). By 1871, the Pate family was living at 5 Underdown Road, Canterbury, and had five children: Mary (1859‒1937: see her grave in this cemetery), Harry (c.1862‒), Annie, John W (c.1867‒) and Laura Amy (c.1871‒1933: see her grave in this cemetery). Some time between 1878 and 1881 the family moved to 3 Brunswick Cottages, Cambridge, and had three further children: Lizzie J. (c.1873‒), John William (c.1875‒) and Minnie (c.1877‒; who later married Eric T. Moy).

Annie married Harry William Sumpter in Cambridge on 2 August 1888 in the parish of St Andrew the Less (probably at Christ Church, on Maids’ Causeway). The couple had at least three children: Cyril Bernard (1890‒1959), Winifred Amy (c.1896‒) and Muriel Annie (c.1900‒).

Annie died on 30 October 1910, aged 47. Her burial service took place on 3 November at the Church of St Andrew the Great (within a few yards of the family home and shop at 10 Petty Cury) and her interment at Mill Road Cemetery on the same day.

Headstone of Harry and Annie Sumpter
Headstone of Harry and Annie Sumpter

Harry William Sumpter (1863‒1915)

Harry Sumpter was born in Jan/March 1863, the eldest child of John William Sumpter (c.1840‒98) and Eliza Sumpter (née Watts) (1834‒1912: see their grave in this cemetery). By 1871, Harry’s father was a porter at Queens’ College and the family lived at 3 Summerfield, Newnham. By 1881 his father had become Head Porter, and Harry was living with the family in one of the Queens’ Cottages in Queens’ Grove. By that date, Harry was an accountant’s clerk and had a sister, Ada Kate (c.1867‒), and a brother Arthur George (1871‒1946).

Harry’s address in 1888 was 42 Eden Street (in the Kite district). It was on 2 August of that year that he married Annie Pate (c.1864‒1910) in the parish of St Andrew the Less (probably at Christ Church, on Maids’ Causeway). By 1890, the couple was living in Chesterton (east Cambridge), where they had their son, Cyril Bernard (1890‒1959); and by 1892 were living at 14 George Street in the same area. By 1896 they had moved to 10 Petty Cury, in the central shopping area of Cambridge, where they had Winifred Amy (c.1896‒) and Muriel Annie (c.1900‒), and where Harry had an “athletic outfitters” shop.

After Annie’s death in 1910, Harry moved to “The Willows”, Waterbeach, Cambs (a town six miles north of Cambridge), where he lived with Cyril and Muriel, and also his unmarried sister-in-law, Laura Amy Pate (c.1871‒1933: buried in the St Edward area of this cemetery), and a maidservant.

Harry died on 13 November 1915, aged 52 (click on: SumpterH_obituary). Probate was completed on 21 December: he left effects totalling £887 62 8d to John William Pate, architect and surveyor and George Albert Wootten, solicitor.


London, England. Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
English Census records 1861‒1911
St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge, Parish Deeds
St. Andrew the Less, Cambridge, marriage and burial registers
CEF Attestation Papers
National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations)
Church of England Parish Registers
England and Wales. Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983

By Gary Sumpter and Ian Bent

Annie Sumpter; Harry William Sumpter