CFHS code : BE53

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT WM S CORDON d July 27th 1912 aged 46 also his wife ELEANOR AM CORDON d August 5th 1949 aged 76

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Monument

Inscription

Robert William S. Gordon ( c.1865  – 27 July 1912)

Robert was born in Wisbech and was the only child of Isaac and Susanna (née Catling). Both his parents were agricultural labourers, and by the age of 15 Robert was also working on the land.    He enlisted in the army on 29 May 1885 and served in the Suffolk Regiment.

He married Eleanor Minister in 1893 and the couple had four daughters: Constance Gwendoline (1894-1960), Adele Frances Lillian (1896-1901), Beryl Millicent (1898-1973) and Edna Beatrice Violet (1905-1992).  They lived in Malta for a short time, as their third daughter Beryl was born there.  By 1901 they were back living at Bury St. Edmunds before moving to Cambridge by at least 1905.

Robert was a colour sergeant attached to the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps.  In 1911 the family were living at a cottage at the University rifle range on Grange Road.  He died in July 1912 whilst still a serving soldier.  The Army Register of Soldier’s Effects shows that Eleanor received £7, 5s on his death.

Eleanor A.M. Cordon (née Minister) (11 April 1873 – 5 August 1949)

Eleanor was born in Bulcamp, Suffolk (a hamlet near Leiston) and married Robert Cordon when she was 20 years old.  After he died she went to live at 21 Derby Street (from at least 1914 to 1945) and then at Cartref, Waterbeach Road with her daughter Edna and son-in-law Cyril Dean (1949).

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Eleanor A.M. Cordon; Robert William S. Cordon