CFHS code : HT126

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROWLAND KING d July 10th 1927 aged 44 OLIVE AMY KING his daughter d Sept 23rd 1961 aged 53 and of ELLEN RUSE d 25th March 1972 aged 91

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Rowland King (1883 – 10 July 1927)

Rowland was born in Melbourn, Cambridge and was the son of William Alexander King (1851-1935) and Agnes Ann (née Woodcock) (1853-1915). William King was a shepherd and the family lived on the High Street in Melbourn.  Aged 18 Rowland was lodging with the Deller family at 27 Earl Stret and working as a grocer’s warehouseman. He married Ellen Ison in 1906 and they had one daughter: Olive Amy (1908-1961). The family lived at 67 Kingston Street and in 1911 he was documented as working as a packer in a grocery warehouse. He enlisted in the army in November 1915 and served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC),1st Eastern General Hospital unit. He was discharged as unfit to serve in December 1917, having never left UK shores. He continued to live at 67 Kingston Street and died at home aged 44 years old.

Olive Amy King (2 August 1908 – 23 September 1961)

Olive was the only child of Rowland and Ellen King and worked as a clerk (1939). She died at 2 Clarendon Street.

Ellen Ruse (née Ison) (24 September 1880 – 25 March 1972)

Ellen was the daughter of John and Lucy (née Barnes)  Ison and was born in Swaffham Bulbeck, where her father was a shoemaker. In 1901 she was living at 105 Castle Street and working as cook for coal merchant William Collins and his sisters Alice and Ellen before marrying Rowland King in 1906.

She married for a second time in 1933 to widower Octavius Walter Ruse (1879-1962). Octavius was a saddler who traded from 11 Norfolk Street  and the couple lived at 2 Clarendon Street with Ellen’s daughter Olive. Octavius died at Chesterton Hospital aged 83 years old and was buried with his first wife Sarah Jane. Ellen died at Langdon House, Scotland Road – a retirement home.



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Olive Amy King; Rowland King; Ellen Ruse