CFHS code : PL227

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SUSAN beloved wife of CHARLES FEW d Nov 15 1900 age 57 also SIDNEY CHARLES [FEW] son of the above who died of enteric at Charlestown South Africa Jun 12 1902 age 24 also CHARLES husband of the above who entered into his well earned rest Feb 28 1913 in his 75th year

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202124, 0.13637972 – click here for location

The Few headstone September 2016.
Few headstone September 2016


Headstone with Gothic pointed top, with carved rondel containing two clasped hands with laurel sprig over and blank scroll under, without kerb stones. The monument is located in the parish area of St Paul to the east of the west path, slightly north of a line from the Lodge.


‘In loving memory of [carved: joined hands and laurel sprig]
Susan beloved wife of Charles Few
entered into rest Nov 15 1900 aged 57 years.’
“Only a step ren…, and that sleep and bliss.”

‘Also Sidney Charles, son of the above
who died of Enteric at Charlestown South Africa
June 12 1902 aged 24 years.’
“God’s finger touched him and he slept.”

‘Also Charles, husband of the above,
who entered into his well earned rest Feb 28 1913 in his 75th year’

Susan Few (née Lane) (1843 – 15 November 1900)

Susan was born in Somersham, the daughter of Elijah and Ann (née Farnell) and grew up in Somersham where her father was the village grocer. She married Charles Few in 1860 and they had at least ten children: Mary Ann (1861-1936), Fanny Ann (1863-1917), Walter Farnell (1865-1865), Lilian (known as Lill) (1868-), Rose (1870-1871), Rose Minetta (1872-1915), Susie May (1874-1952), Sidney Charles (1878-1902), Walter Ernest (1880-1941) and Winifred Gertrude (known as Win) (1886-1968). Charles was a cordwainer (shoemaker) when they married and they started married life in Swavesey where eldest daughter Mary was born. He later worked as a railway engine driver and by 1871 the family were living at 27 Grafton Street. They also lived at 18 Kingston Street (1881) and  Catherine Street (1891). Susan died at 4 Mill Road and her funeral took place on 19 November.

Trooper Sidney Charles Few (March 1878 ‒ 12 June 1902)see also Life Story page

Charles was the eighth child of Charles and Susan Few and worked as a carpenter for local builders Messrs. Kerridge and Shaw. He served as a soldier with the 3rd Voluntary Brigade, Suffolk Regiment and was conscripted to serve in the Boer War in March 1901.  From his army papers it is known he was 5ft 10″ tall, with dark hair and grey eyes and weighed 11 stone, 2 lbs. It is thought he sailed for South Africa in mid March and served at the front from 29 March 1901 until his death from enteric fever (also known as typhoid fever) in June 1902.

Charles Few (1838 – 28 February 1913)

Charles was the son of John and Lydia (née Thody) and was born in Willingham, Cambridgeshire. John was a shoemaker and the family lived on the High Street in Willingham. After he was widowed he lived at 18 Kingston Street (1901) and then moved to 69 Kimberley Road to live with daughter Win and son in law Charles Williams. He died at Kimberley Road aged 74 years old.

From Parish burial records it is known that another daughter was also buried in the same grave

Fanny Ann Few  (26 May 1863 – 26 June 1917)

Fanny was the second daughter of Charles and Susan. In 1901 she was still living at home with her father and later moved to live at 119 Blinco Grove.  She died ‘suddenly’ at 26 Aylestone Road, the home of her sister Susie and brother in law Arthur aged 54 years old. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 29 June 1917.

By Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen

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Charles Few; Sidney Charles Few; Susan Few