CFHS code : PL129

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : CHARLES BLAXLAND CLARABUT dearly loved husband of HELEN CHETWOODE CLARABUT d 12 Dec 1897 age 38 Deeply Lamented

Monument : Stone cross (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Charles Blaxland Clarabut (c.1859 – 12 December 1897)

Charles Blaxland Clarabut

Charles was born in Kent and was the eldest son of Samuel and Elizabeth Clarabut. Charles was baptised in Brompton, Kent on 27th March 1859.  Samuel Clarabut was a linen draper, and Charles grew up in Gillingham. In 1871 aged  12 he was at Boarding School in Eythorne,

By 1881 Samuel Clarabut had re-located his Linen draper business to Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, and Charles was living at home with his parents and six siblings and working as an upholster.  In 1890 he was living in Cambridge and working as a Wine Merchant.  Together with  Cuthbert Williams he had taken over an existing business (Phillips & Co) and was trading on Market Hill as Clarabut & Williams.

He married Ellen [known as Helen] Chetwoode Belchamber on 5th October 1892 when he was 33 years old. Helen came from Hougham in Kent.  His son Reginald Blaxland Clarabut was born on 7th August 1893.  The family lived at Ashmore, 24 Hills Road.  Charles died there aged 38 years old in December 1897.

Cuthbert Williams married Charles’ sister Louisa (1861 – 1929) in 1891.

Ellen Chatwoode Belchamber

Helen Clarabut married again  in 1902 to Samuel West, [1875-1950] who was a widower with one son.  They went on to have a further two children, and lived in East Sussex.  Samuel West bought a  large farm after the 1st World War, and he was involved in many public duties including foundation member of the Hop Marketing Board, a JP, chair of the local branch of the National Farmers Union etc. Helen West died in Tonbridge Wells in January 1956 aged 84 years old.

Charles and Helen’s son Reginald [1893 – 1977] became a Major General in the Army



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