CFHS code : PL452

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of FREDERICK CHARLES FISK d Nov 28 1907 aged 19

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

This headstone is well preserved. The inscription remains clear. Photo 2016
Fisk headstone 2016


This well preserved headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located in the centre of the parish. The inscription remains clear.


‘In Memory of Frederick Charles Fisk who died Nov. 28. 1907, aged 19’

“In the midst of life we are in death”

‘Erected by his fellow workers as a token of respect.’

Frederick Charles Fisk (1888 – 1907)

Frederick was working at the Norman Portland cement works in Cherry Hinton when he had his tragic accident. The newspaper report explains in detail how he went down steps to clear an elevator drum but omitted to turn off the machinery which caught his arm and caused severe injuries. He died almost immediately from shock.

Frederick was the son of Robert and Eliza (née Kemp), both from Norfolk. Robert was a blacksmith. The family had lived in Suffolk before coming to Cambridge.  They seem to have lived in Chesterton before moving into 23 Vicarage Terrace.

They  had ten children :William Robert (1875- 1875), Alice Maud (1874-1888), Sarah E (b 1876), Richard W (b 1878), Mary A  (b 1884), Arthur George (1887-1888), William Richard and Frederick [John] (b 1888), Robert (b 1889 – lived only a few days), Florence (b 1892 – lived only fifteen days),

Before her death in 1899, aged just 44, Eliza had buried five of her ten children. At least she was spared the knowledge of Frederick’s.

In 1901 Frederick was living with his father in Nelson Street. Eliza Brown was working for them as housekeeper and her 2 young children were listed as boarders.

At the time of his death Frederick was living in Mamora Road, Romsey.

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Sources : 
Cambridge Independent Press November 28th 1907

Frederick Charles Fisk