CFHS code : AG436
Parish : St Andrew the Great
Inscription : In Loving Memory of CLARA THOMAS d Nov 11 1907 aged 34 WILLIAM A THOMAS d March 5 1919 aged 27
Monument : Kerb stones/Urn
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202932 0.13693071 – click here for location
Set of kerb stones in white marble, with urn, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, located four graves to the north of the path running from the centre circle to the western path and midway along that path.
‘In loving memory of Clara Thomas,
who passed away Nov 11 1907 aged 34 years.’
‘William A. Thomas, died March 5 1919 aged 27 years’
William Andrew Thomas (1891–1919) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
William was born in 1891 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. He was the only child of Edwin Thomas and Clara Thomas (née Jones). By the time William was 9 years old the family had moved from Wales to 17 Coronation Street, Cambridge. William’s father worked as a scavenging foreman. William went to work for the Gas Company as a shot collector. His mother died when he was 16 years old. His father remarried to Ellen Jane Hinkins, a dressmaker and a Cambridge local in 1908. Edwin and his second wife had a daughter, Clara, perhaps named in memory of Edwin’s first wife.
On the outbreak of the First World War, William became a Private (168/18582) in the 3rd/5th East Anglian Cyclists Division Company and he was transferred to the Labour Corps with the rank of Corporal (622740). He died on 5 March 1919. At the time of William’s death his father was living at Landscape Road, Woodford Green, Essex.
Clara Thomas (née Jones) (c.1872–1907)
Clara was born in about 1872 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. She married Edwin Thomas in 1889 in Newport. Clara and Edwin had one child, William Andrew Thomas. Clara died on 11 November 1907 in Cambridge.
War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent