CFHS code : PL383

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HARRY CLARK d 26 Oct 1905 aged 8 GEORGE RUBEN CLARK MM accidentally killed at Quy Waters 20 Oct 1919 aged 21 WILLIAM CHARLES CLARK d 24 July 1925 aged 75 also SARAH ANN his wife d 20 Oct 1933 in her 83rd year

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


This fallen headstone, located in the parish area of St Paul’s, lies 4 rows west of the central path about 1/3 of the distance to the central circle. The inscription of metal letters is in reasonably good condition. The kerbstones are now covered and form a ban of violets in spring.


In Loving Memory of HARRY CLARK died 26 Oct 1905 aged 8

GEORGE RUBEN CLARK MM accidentally killed at Quy Waters 20 Oct 1919 aged 21

WILLIAM CHARLES CLARK died 24 July 1925 aged 75

Gone but not forgotten.

Also SARAH ANN his wife died 20 Oct 1933 in her 83rd year

Harry Clark (1897 – 26 October 1905)

Harry died at 69 Cambridge Place aged 8 years old and his funeral took place on 31 October 1905.

George Reuben Clark (1898 – 20 October 1919)

George was the youngest son of  William and Sarah Clark and grew up at 69 Cambridge Place, He served as a Private with the Cambridgeshire Regiment, and was awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) in June 1919

George was killed by ‘a motor lorry on the Newmarket Road on October 20th. The Cambridge Daily News reported he was riding on a ‘heavy motor lorry’ which was carrying rations to the Russian Officers’ camp and then to  the School of Education camp in Newmarket.  It was travelling from Cambridge to Newmarket, near Quy when the lorry swerved violently and George fell to the ground as a result.  He was run over by the lorry and died shortly afterwards. An inquest was held in Quy and heard that George was employed as a labourer in the A.S.C. (Army Service Corps) Supply Depot.  His mother testified that she had last seen him at 8.15am and that ‘he was in good health and drank very little – in fact, witness had not seen him have any drink since he had been home from France’. The driver George Grooms was said to have been drunk, and Grooms testified to say that George Clark had grabbed the steeing wheel and was also drunk. The Coroner said he did not believe that there was enough evidence to charge George Grooms with manslaughter so the inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Cambridge Independent Press: October 1920 to mark the anniversary of George Clark’s death

George Clark was due to have been awarded the Military Medal on Parker’s Piece by General Horne on 24 October. His mother and brother in law went to the ceremony instead and received the medal.  The funeral took place on 25 October at Mill Road Cemetery. The Cambridge Daily News reported ‘the Officer commanding the Military Hospital, Cherry Hinton Road, kindly sent a sergeant, corporal, 12 privates and a bugler as bearers and mourners and at the conclusion of the service the ‘Last Post’ was sounded’. One of the wreaths at the graveside read ‘in loving memory of my dear boy George, from his broken-hearted girl, Minnie’.

In June 1920 The Cambridge Daily News reported ‘an application was made under the Workmen’s Compensation Act in respect of a fatal injury to George Reuben Clark, late of 69 Cambridge Place. A sum of £125 had been paid into Court by the Secretary of State for War, the deceased having been in the employ of the War Office a the time of his accident. Mr R.C.Bishop….made application for the investment and application of the fund on behalf of the mother and father of the deceased, the only dependents. His Honour made an order for the payment of £30, 11s for funeral and other expenses, the balance to be invested and paida at the rate of £2 a month to the mother until December 2nd, and afterwards at the rate of 30s a month, and a like sum to the father’.

William Charles Clark (1849 – 24 July 1925)

William was born in Cambridge and married Sarah Ann  at Cambridge Registry office in 1873.  They lived at Cambridge Place and he worked as a bricklayer’s labourer, Sarah as a charwoman.  They had twelve children:  Jane (1869-), Laura (1875-1931), Sarah Ann (1877-), William (1879-), Alice (1882-), Emily (1885-),  Frederick (Fred) (1888-), Charles (Charley) (1891-), Harry, George Reuben and two further children who died as infants. William died at home aged 75 years old.

Sarah Ann Clark née Eves (1850 – 20 October 1933) The name Eves variously transcribed as Eaves & Aves

Although census records show that Sarah was born in Cambridge the only birth registration for her is in Dartford in the last quarter of 1850 so very likely the daughter of Jane Eves who was lodging with the Osbourns in Cambridge Place with 4 month old Sarah in 1851.  In 1855 Jane married  Charles Prime (also lodging with the Osbourns in 1851). Jane died in Cambridge Place In 1859 aged 45 and is buried close by. In 1861  Sarah was living with her widower father (step father?) Charles Prime at 19 Cambridge Place. By  1871 Charles had remarried and Sarah was living with his new family and working as a laundress. Also living there was 2 year old Jane Prime, granddaughter of Charles and presumably Sarah’s daughter. 
Sarah died at Cambridge Place aged 82 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 25 October.



Parish records transcribed by CFHS

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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George Ruben Clark; Harry Clark; Sarah Ann Clark; William Charles Clark