CFHS code : HT174

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT DAWSON d Jan 23 1918 aged 48 also his sister ELIZABETH SUSAN DAWSON d Feb 9 1955 aged 85

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Robert Saul Dawson (1869 – 23 January 1918)

Robert was born in Burwell and was the youngest son of Alfred and Susan. He grew up at Peacocks Farm, where Alfred farmed 381 acres and employed 19 men (1881). By 1891 the family had moved to Greenwich Farm, Stapleford and Robert was farming together with his father. He married Amy Sarah Pyke (1873-1968) in 1897 and they had three children: Alfred Brand Willis (1899-1981), John Alec (1902-1977) and Gwendoline Sophie (1904-1994). Robert worked as a ‘dairyman’ together with his elder brother John and the family lived at 114 New Street (1901). By 1911 he was working as a carman (delivery driver) for J.A. Sturton Ltd,  119 & 120 Fitzroy Street.  The family lived at  102 Eden Street (1911) and then  54 Hills Road (at least 1915 onwards).

Robert died at Hills road ‘suddenly, the result of an accident’ and his funeral was held on 28 January 1918.  The service was held at the Hills Road Wesleyan Chapel and he was said to have been ‘killed accidently’, which does raise speculation as to how he exactly died.

Elizabeth Susan Dawson (1871 – 5 November 1955)

Elizabeth was also born in Burwell and was the youngest daughter of Alfred and Susan. Little is known of her life – she lived at 67 Mawson Road (at least 1931-1935) with Elsie and Bessie Ashbury, so possibly was their housekeeper. She then moved to live at 9c Castle Row (at least 1945 onwards) and died at Chesterton Hospital.



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