CFHS code : BO12

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : In Loving Memory of / EDWARD CROFT / eldest son of / SAMUEL CROFT & MARY HARDY / of Wandsworth Common / who passed away at Queen’s Coll / 19th of December 1898 / in the 22 year of his age

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202963, 0.13773709 – click here for location

Croft grave
Croft monument


Headstone, with crown of five-pointed starts, and embossed cross. In the parish area of St Botolph, this grave is located northeast of the centre circle. The stonemason was T Stanbridge.


‘In loving memory of Edward Croft
eldest son of Samuel Croft & Mary Hardy
of Wandsworth Common
who passed away at Queens Coll
19th of December 1898 in the 22nd year of his age’

Croft inscription
Croft inscription

“Just as I am without one plea
But that thy blood was shed for me
And that thou bidd’st me come to thee
O Lamb of God I come, I come.”

[stonemasons’ mark:]
T Stanbridge
Newnham Croft


Edward Croft Hardy (6 November 1877 – 19 December 1898)

Edward was the son of chemist Samuel Croft Hardy and his wife Mary (née Hill).  He was born in London, and baptised at Christ Church, Albany Street on 28 November 1877.  He grew up at 12 St Marks Crescent (1881) and then 8 Marella Road (1891), and went to St Paul’s School where he was a scholar and exhibitioner.  He went up to Queen’s College Cambridge in 1896, and died in College aged 21 years old.

An inquest was held into his death on 20 December and was held at the College. Edward and three other friends had been in his rooms on 9 December. Edward and another undergraduate (William J L Ambrose) had had what was described as a ‘jocular dispute’ which had  led to a wresting bout between the two of them.  The wresting had continued for three to four minutes, and they had fallen several times and rolled on the floor.  After one heavy fall the two of them had stopped by ‘mutual consent’.  The other two friends had left the room at this point, but William Ambrose stayed with Edward whilst he undressed and went to bed. Edward complained of feeling shaken, and passed some blood. In the morning Edward called for his Uncle  – Thomas Hyde Hills to come to his room. Edward was complaining of pain in his right side and abdomen, and had passed a great deal of blood.  On 12 December the situation worsened and it was thought that he had a bleed on his right kidney. On 13 December he was operated upon, and although Edward seemed to be improving in the following days he eventually died at 3 o’clock on the afternoon of  19 December, ten days after the incident. 

The cause of death was recorded as rupture of the right kidney and internal haemorrhage.  At the post mortem however it was found that Edward had had existing damage to his kidneys due to two former attacks.  Edward had been told he should not undertake physical exertion as a result, and was said to have blamed himself in the days after the incident.  The coroner Mr French recorded a verdict of accidental death and ‘expressed his sympathy…with the family at the death of such a promising young man who had a brilliant future before him’.


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Edward Croft Hardy