CFHS code : HT39
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of WALTER HARDY my dear husband d 8th August 1919 aged 64 also MINNIE wife of the above d 28th September 1930 aged 72
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Walter Hardy (1853 – 8 August 1919)
Walter was the son of Robert and Ann (née Daniels), brother of Arthur and grew up at Adam and Eve Row (1861) and 174 East Road (1871). In 1871 he was living at home and working as a house painter, which was the same occupation as his father.
Walter married Minnie Prime in 1876 and they had thirteen children: Walter Robert (1878-1953), Percy Arthur (1880-1888), Ernest William (1882-1959), Ethel Maud (1884-1885), Ethel May (1886-1965), Gertrude Ann (1889-1978), Harry (1890-1978), Horace (1892-1976), Lily (1893-1970), Rose Ida (1894-1983), Herbert George (1895-1975), Bertram (1898-1988) and one more child who died as an infant. The family lived at 86 Sturton Street (1881), 80 York Street (from at least 1888) and then 89 Gwydir Street (at least 1901 onwards). Walter continued to work as a decorator/grainer/signwriter, and in 1911 was working for a local builder Arthur Negus and Sons.
He died at home after ‘four days illness’ and the funeral took place on 13 August. Six of his fellow workmen acted as bearers and the Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘the deceased was for some 16 years employed by some 16 years with Messrs. Negus as a signwriter and grainer. He was also a member of Court Pride, A.O.F. and held various other poisitions in clubs, being greatly respected by those who knew him’.
The age on the grave monument states 64 years, but Walter was 65 years old when he died. The brass plaque on his coffin read ‘Walter Hardy died August 8th 1919 aged 65’, so maybe the stonemason made an error when carving the monument.
Minnie Sarah Jane Hardy (née Prime) (10 October 1857 – 28 September 1930)
Minnie was the daughter of William and Susan and was born in Whittlesford. She was baptised there on 27 December 1857. William Prime was a wood sawyer and aged 13 Minnie was working as servant for wheelwright/publican Charles Whitmore in Great Shelford. After she was widowed Minnie continued to live at 89 Gwydir Street, and died aged 72 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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