CFHS code : PL509
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : In Loving Memory of HARRY REUBEN COWELL d Jan 17 1906 aged 17 also HARRY COWELL d May 9 1930 aged 64 also MARTHA ANN COWELL d Nov 6 1943 age 80 Gunner GW COWELL RGA killed in action in France 24 1918 age 20
Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202715, 0.13651052 – click here for location
Stone cross with kerb stones, in the parish area of St Paul, situated five rows to the east of the western path, level with the Rattee and Kett graves.
‘In loving memory of Harry Reuben Cowell
died Jan 17 1908 aged 17 years’
‘Also Harry Cowell
died May 9 1930 aged 64 years’
‘Also Martha Ann Cowell
died Nov 5th 1943 aged 80 years’
‘Gunner G. W. Cowell RGA
killed in action in France Sep. 24 1918 aged 20 years’
“Faithful unto death”
George William Cowell (1898–1918) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
George was born in 1898 in Cambridge. He was one of the four children of Harry Cowell and Martha Ann Cowell (née Bycroft) and younger brother to Harry Reuben Cowell. He worked in the Locomotive Department for the Great Eastern Railway before the war.
Harry Reuben Cowell (c1891–1908)
Harry was born in about 1891 in Cambridge. He was one of the four children of Harry Cowell and Martha Ann Cowell (née Bycroft) and older brother to George William Cowell. He died on 17 January 1908 in Farnham, Surrey.
Harry Cowell (1866–1930)
Harry was born in 1866 in Bromley by Bow, London. He was one of at least six children born to George Cowell and Martha Cowell (née Webb). He had a twin sister, Ellen. His father worked as a stoker for the Great Eastern Railway and then as a gardener’s labourer. The family grew up at 42 Covent Garden (off Mill Road) and then 46 Bradmore Street (off East Road), Cambridge. However, Harry’s father died when he was about eight years old and his mother remarried to a Joseph Moore, a house painter. Harry together with his siblings continued to live with their mother and step-father at 13 Norfolk Street, Cambridge. When he was old enough he became an engine cleaner for Great Eastern Railway together with his older brother, William. Harry married Martha Ann Bycroft in 1887 in Cambridge. They had four children including Harry Reuben Cowell and George William Cowell. Harry continued to work for the railway but as a fireman. The family lived at 52 Great Eastern Street and then 39 Argyle Street, Cambridge. Harry died on 9 May 1930 in Cambridge.
Martha Ann Cowell (née Bycroft) (1862–1942)
Martha was born in 1862 in Wells, Norfolk. She was the eldest of the eleven children of Henry Reuben Bycroft and Martha Bycroft (née Sizeland). Her father was a boiler smith. The family grew up in Wells. Martha married Harry Cowell in 1887 in Cambridge. They had four children including Harry Reuben Cowell and George William Cowell. Martha died on 5 November 1943 in Cambridge.
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 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
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 18 October 1918
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 20 December 1918
By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent