CFHS code : AS148

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of CAROLINE POWENCEBY DARKINS d May 13th 1930 aged 72 also of GEORGE WALTER DARKINS d June 6th 1939 aged 80 In Memory of HENRY GEORGE DARKINS who died of wounds whilst on active service June 11th 1917 aged 32

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203476 0.13676584 –click here for location

Darkins grave
Darkins cross


This broken stone cross within kerb stones, in the parish area of All Saints, is located near the western path on the left side as it curves round to the right at the bottom of the western boundary wall, and just behind the white kerb stones for William Kent.


[This transcription is taken from the transcript of the Cambridge Family History Society.]

‘In memory of Caroline Powenceby Darkins
died May 13th 1930 aged 72’

‘Also of George Walter Darkins
died June 6th 1939 aged 80’

‘In memory of Henry George Darkins
who died of wounds whilst on active service
June 11th 1917 aged 32 years’

Caroline Powenceby Darkins (1857 – 13 May 1930)

Caroline was the daughter of Joseph and Fanny (née Barker) Smith and was baptised on 26 September 1858 at St. Paul’s Church.  She grew up at 11 Doric Street and her father worked as a hairdresser.  Aged 23 (1881) she was living at home and working as a machinist before marrying George Darkins in 1883.  The couple had three sons: Henry George Walter (1884-1917), Reginald Barker (1892-1957) and Leonard Sidney (1900-1964).  George was a college cook and the family lived at 2 Panton Street (1891) and then at 25 Malcolm Street (at least 1901 onwards).   Caroline died at home aged 72 years old.

George Walter Darkins (1857 – 6 June 1939)

George was the son of James and Ann (née Bunting) and brother of Henry John.  He was baptised on 25 October 1857 and grew up on King Street where his father was a greengrocer (1861). After his father died in 1869 he moved to Thompson’s Lane (1871) where his mother was a college bedmaker, and George was noted as working as an errand boy.   He later became a college cook and after being widowed moved to live at 13 St. John’s Street.  He died in a nursing home aged 81 and was buried on Friday 9 June

(NB – although his grave monument reads 80 years old, he was 81 when he died. The age of 81 was used to announce his death in local newspapers).

Henry George Darkins (1884-1917)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Henry George Darkins was the eldest son of George and Caroline Darkins

War Graves Photographic Project


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By Ian Bent with further information by Claire Martinsen

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Caroline Powenceby Darkins; George Walter Darkins; Henry George Darkins
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