CFHS code : PL532

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES FREDERICK HEAL Corporal 73rd Black Watch d June 5 1901 aged 18

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

This photo was taken in 2014. The monument is no longer accessible.
Heal cross 2014


A stone cross, now hidden by vegetation, located in the parish area of St Paul close to the Lodge and west wall.


‘In loving memory of James Frederick Heal
corporal 73rd Black Watch
died June 5 1901 aged 18′

James Frederick Heal  (1883- 1901)

James Frederick Heal was a Corporal in the 73rd Black Watch. His death in 1901 suggests that he was a casualty of the Second Boer War.

James Frederick Heal was the son of William Henry and Mary C. Heal. His mother had died c. 1895 and his father remarried to Elizabeth White Heal. In 1901, the year of James’s death, the family was living at 51 Glisson Road, Cambridge. At that time James had two younger brothers (Charles Joseph Guy and Albert Victor) and two younger sisters (Dorothy Gladys and Daisy Winifred).

James was born in 1883 in Carrick-on-Send in Ireland. His father, who was from St Helier in Jersey, was a Sergeant Major in the 20th Hussars, though by 1901 he was retired and was working as a ‘brewer’s manager’. Thus in becoming a professional soldier James followed in the footsteps of his father. By 1911, the family was living at Hawthorne Drive, Hills Road, Cambridge.

James’ father – William Henry Heal – served in the yeomanry retiring in 1909. He was later sentenced to three years penal service for fraud in 1913. This was widely reported in the national press and was a big scandal within the Cambridge community. We think he used the stolen funds to educate his children.

His half brother Victor, later went on to become a well known architect. His architectural practice Victor Heal & Partners designed a number of famous building including One New Change near St Paul’s Cathedral.

His sisters left the UK for South Africa. Winifred married Clifford Cedric Dixon a dentist in Kimberley. She died in 1959.

Colonel Frank Heal is related in some way. He died leading the South African infantry at the Battle of Delville Wood in WW1. He was highly decorated and has a memorial statue in South Africa.

By Ian Bent and Jonathon Hogg

James Frederick Heal