CFHS code : HT247

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : IARO RACHEL the dearly loved wife of GEORGE ARGENT d July 29th 1943 aged 63 also GEORGE ARGENT d May 17th 1962 aged 84

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Monument

Inscription

Rachel Argent (née Smoothy) (29 February 1880 – 29 July 1943)

Rachel was born in the village of Great Thurlow, to the north of Haverhill, Suffolk.  She was the daughter of Charles Smoothy (1850-1885)  and Susannah (née Cornwell) (1856-1925). Charles was an agricultural labourer who died when Rachel was a young child and she then grew up in Haverhill with her mother and six siblings. She married George Argent on 24 January 1901 in Haverhill and they had three children: Grace Millicent (1901-1974), Harry George (1905-) and May Dorothy (1908-1985). George worked as a wood machinist in a sawyer’s mill and they lived at 71 York Street (1901) and  58 Ainsworth Street (at least 1911 onwards). Rachel died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 August 1943.

George Argent (29 January 1878 – 17 May 1962)

George grew up at York Street with his parents John and Sarah Argent. John Argent was a coal porter/labourer and aged 13 George was working as an errand boy. He enlisted in the army on 6 December 1915 and from documentation it is known he was 5ft 5″ tall. He served with the East Kent 1st Batallion but was discharged in November 1916 as a result of being medically unfit.  He was deemed to have ‘chronic bronchitis’ as a result of pneumonia in childhood. After he was widowed he lived at 106 Ainsworth Street and died at Chesterton Hospital aged 84 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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George Argent; Rachel Argent